From the ruins of communism, Boris Groys emerges to provoke our interest in the aesthetic goals pursued with such catastrophic consequences by its founders. Interpreting totalitarian art and literature in the context of cultural history, this brilliant essay likens totalitarian aims to the modernists' goal of producing world transformative art. In this new edition, Groys, revisits the debate that the book has stimulated since its first publication.
Boris Groys is Professor of Aesthetics, Art History, and Media Theory at the Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe, and since 2005, the Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science, NYU. He has published numerous books, including The Communist Postscript.