The Skin of the System: On Germany's Socialist Modernity

The Skin of the System: On Germany's Socialist Modernity

Benjamin Robinson


The pores and skin of the System gadgets to the concept that there's just one modernity—that of liberal capitalism. ranging from the easy conviction that no matter what else East German socialism used to be, it was once genuine, this ebook makes a speciality of what made ancient socialism diversified from social structures within the West. during this approach, the research elicits the final query: what needs to we expect with the intention to imagine an other approach at all?

To technique this question, Robinson turns to the extraordinary author Franz Fühmann, the East German who such a lot single-mindedly devoted himself to figuring out what it capability to rework from fascism to socialism. Fühmann's personal serial loyalties to Hitler and Stalin tell his existential meditations on swap and distinction. via putting Fühmann's politically alert and extremely own literary innovations within the context of an inquiry into radical social rupture, The epidermis of the System wrests the brutal materiality of twentieth-century socialism from makes an attempt to provincialize either its wishes and its disasters as antimodern ideological follies.

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