Ernst Bloch (1885-1977) is one of the most important German Marxist thinkers of the 20th century and one of the great theorists of utopia. A friend of Walter Benjamin, Bertolt Brecht and Theodor Adorno, his works include The Principle of Hope, Spirit of Utopia and Traces.
"Exhilarating to read... resonant with urgency, recalling the sonorous, aphoristic qualities of Nietzsche or Schopenhauer, in whose tradition he follows... `Thought provoking' hardly begins to cover it." Nicholas Lezard, Guardian "A coherent, lucid writer, although the intensity still fairly burns off the page... [a] heady, dizzying book." - Owen Hatherley, New Humanist "Ernst Bloch's `Principle of Hope' is a masterwork" - Leon Wieseltier, New York Times