Unsentimental and resolute

By Georg Fülberth and translated by Gregor Benton [i]

A Learned Head and a Loyal Companion

By Karen Vesper and translated by Gregor Benton[1] What character! What an impressive person. In his presence one felt lifted up.

Otto Karl Werckmeister 1934-2023

“Marx’s theory of society and history was obviously not devised in order to provide a more adequate understanding of culture. It was meant to be an instrument of political practice.” (1982)

Irma Rothbart-Sinkó (1896-1967)

Gramsci, Sartre and the Fordist machine

The brilliant essay which makes up prison notebook 22, viz. ‘Americanism and Fordism’, was written by Gramsci in 1934, five whole years before Agnelli started FIAT's giant Mirafiori complex near Turin, where Fordist methods were first used in a big way.

Fergus Millar (1935–2019)

Fergus Millar (1935–2019), Camden Professor of Ancient History at Oxford from 1984 until his retirement in 2002, who died a little over 2 years back.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945), the great German theologian who was executed by the Nazis in 1945. He was arrested by the Gestapo in April 1943 and hanged exactly two years later (at Flossenbürg concentration camp), accused of associating with the group that conspired to assassinate Hitler in July 1944.

Webs of complicity: Reading Moravia's The Conformist in India today

Italian literature and cinema have explored the issue of fascism in more subtle and fascinating ways than most comparable traditions elsewhere in Europe.

Vladimir Petrovich Shkredov (September, 14, 1925 – August, 27, 1996)

Leopoldina Fortunati

Marx writes, ‘Only labour which produces capital is productive labour’. So what do we say about women who work at home (so-called ‘housewives’) whose labour produces/reproduces the male worker who in turn produces capital? Do they produce capital? In a crucially important passage at p.