The crisis that burst upon the world in 2007 undermined neo-liberal ideology and created a new audience for socialist ideas. Dominic Alexander looks at three books that attempt to address the new possibilities for socialists.
The Lacuna is an intelligent and engaging piece of historical fiction, and deserves all the praise it has got from the mainstream. But scarcely acknowledged is how far Kingsolver goes in her critique of the hypocrisy of western political culture and her corresponding sympathy for revolutionaries.
Most mainstream fiction has steered clear of climate change. It has appeared merely as an alternative to nuclear war or pandemic as the cause of the apocalypse in post-apocalyptic fiction, and while the list of non-fiction books on how we should deal with climate change now grows ever-longer, fiction writers have tended to look elsewhere for their topics. That is, until recently.
As a rising labour movement gains strength in China, the reprint of Harold Isaac's classic Marxist history of the Chinese revolution provides both inspiration and a warning from history, writes Chris Nineham
In this classic work the veteran Austrian communist Ernst Fischer set himself what might seem an impossible task, to provide a Marxist analysis of not just visual art, but literature and music also, from their very origins to the present.