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Marcuse, Marxism And The Monolith

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'Why, they're people just like us!' This is the cry with which the popular press warns their readers not to believe everything else they have told them about the Russians. One of the few occasions on which this naïve and usually dishonest slogan needs to be brought out again is on reading Doctor Herbert Marcuse's tough book about Soviet Marxism. For Marcuse, by retelling the official tale, connives at the denigration by Soviet officialdom of the USSR. The evidence comes from a mass of personal reports, from novels such as Dudintsev's Not by Bread Alone and films like The Cranes Are Flying. What these make clear is the way life itself does break through. And one gets no sense of this in Marcuse. He reproduces without any sense of irony the voice of the Monolith desperately asserting that it is a monolith.

Keywords:Doctor Herbert Marcuse; Monolith; Not by Bread Alone; Russians; Soviet Marxism; The Cranes Are Flying

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