Georg Lukacs (1885-1971) was a Hungarian Marxist philosopher
and literary critic. Most scholars consider him to be the founder
of the tradition of Western Marxism. He contributed the ideas of
reification and class consciousness to Marxist philosophy and
theory, and his literary criticism was influential in thinking
about realism and about the novel as a literary genre. He served
briefly as Hungary's Minister of Culture following the 1956
Esther Leslie is a lecturer in English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, London. She is the author of Walter Benjamin: Overpowering Conformism and sits on the editorial boards of Historical Materialism, Radical Philosophy and Revolutionary History.
Slavoj i ek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential i ek, and many more.
John Rees is a writer, broadcaster and activist. His books include The Algebra of Revolution and Imperialism and Resistance. He is the writer and presenter of the Timeline TV series, a member of the editorial board of the online magazine Counterfire, and co-founder of the Stop the War Coalition.
"Lukacs's polemic tells of a dogmatic, corrupt, ultimately
murderous period in the transition from Stalinism ... it tells also
of the passion, so vividly Judaic and Central European, for the
life and clash of ideas."-George Steiner, Times Literary
"We almost hear Lenin himself murmuring, it happens that for eighty years no Marxist has ever properly understood History and Class Consciousness! Splendidly translated here by Esther Leslie and contextualized by an introduction by John Rees and a conclusion by Slavoj i ek (both of them stimulating and suggestive)."-Fredric Jameson, Radical Philosophy