From Darkness to Light: Class, Consciousness, and Salvation in Revolutionary Russia (Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies)

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In this interdisciplinary and controversial work, Igal Halfin takes an original and provocative stance on Marxist theory, and attempts to break down the divisions between history, philosophy, and literary theory.

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Igal Halfin teaches Russian and European modern history at Tel Aviv University. Born in the Ukraine and raised in Israel, he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He also studied comparative literature at Yale University and philosophy at Tel Aviv University. Presently he is the recipient of a research grant from the Israeli Academy of Sciences, and was a fellow at both Woodrow Wilson Institute in Washington, and the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. His publications include: "From Darkness to Light: Student Communist Autobiographies of the 1920s," which appeared in Jahrbucher fur Geschichte Osteuopas, and "The Rape of the Intelligentsia as a Proletarian Foundational Myth," published in the Russian Review. He is editor of a forthcoming volume entitled Revolution and Language: The Making of Modern Political Identity, which is based on the proceedings of an interdisciplanarian international conference held in Tel Aviv in the winter of 1999.

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“Erudite, stimulating, and important. . . . A book that deserves to be read from cover to cover and savored. Even those who disagree with its premises and conclusions will find more than ample reward.”
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