Ernst Bloch and His Contemporaries: Locating Utopian Messianism

2015.01.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ivan Boldyrev, Ernst Bloch and His Contemporaries: Locating Utopian Messianism, Bloomsbury, 2014, 201pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.01.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ivan Boldyrev, Ernst Bloch and His Contemporaries: Locating Utopian Messianism, Bloomsbury, 2014, 201pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781472511768. Reviewed by Eric Jacobson, University of Roehampton Have the lights finally dimmed on one of the most imaginative German thinkers of the twentieth century? One finds few references today to Ernst Bloch (1885-1977) despite his remarkable ability to continuously rediscover a place for his thought within the myriad social and political cultures of the century: from Dada and expressionism in the first decade to the circles around Max Weber, Georg Simmel, and his fellowship with the young Hungarian Marxist Georg Lukács. His encounters with Walter Benjamin and the refugee intelligentsia in Swiss and later French exile are legendary. Bloch, a German Jew, makes his way to the US during the Holocaust, returning to East Germany in the late '40s to become something of a. . .

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