Cultural And Political Perspectives On The Events Of 68 – Bogdan Alexandru CHELARIU

CULTURAL AND POLITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE EVENTS OF 68

Romanian edition. Original title: PERSPECTIVE CULTURALE SI POLITICE ASUPRA EVENIMENTELOR DIN 68

Bogdan Alexandru CHELARIU

LUMENCopyright © 2009CULTURAL DIMENSIONS Book Series

FORMAT: Paperback         PAGES: 110          LANGUAGE: Romanian

ISBN:  978-973-166-157-5

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„And in art there is this movement that exalts and denies at the same time,” Albert Camus will say of revolutions. Quoting Nietzsche, who says that the artist does not tolerate the real, Camus will add that, at the same time, no artist will be able to dispense with the real, because it is precisely artistic creation that represents “the exigency of unity and the refusal of the world.” Camus notes the hostility to art manifested in the history of many partisans of the revolutions. Rousseau sees art as a corruption of nature, Saint-Just will be a vehement enemy of beauty at the expense of virtuosity, the French Revolution leaving behind no great poet, but a journalist like Desmoulins and a clandestine writer like Sade, and the Saint-Simonians will ask for a socially useful art. The speech of the Russian nihilists will be similar, saying that a pair of boots is more useful than Shakespeare’s play, others preferring a piece of cheese to any Pushkin. The excommunication of Tolstoy’s art follows, so that later, revolutionary Russia does not care at all about the statues of Venus and Apollo brought by Peter the Great to St. Petersburg. Maybe rightly so, Camus will tell you, in misery the images of happiness are painful… (The author)


Topics of interest:

  • universal, modern and contemporary history
  • historiography
  • social, political and military history
  • anthropology
  • collective memory

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