Anatomy of a Moral: The Political Essays of Milovan Djilas

Anatomy of a Moral: The Political Essays of Milovan Djilas

Anatomy of a Moral: The Political Essays of Milovan Djilas

Anatomy of a Moral: The Political Essays of Milovan Djilas

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This series of eighteen articles by Milovan Djilas, brought together here for the first time in English translation, appeared in the Belgrade Communist newspaper Borba in the closing months of 1953. They record the intellectual process by which Djilas, who at that time was the second-ranking Communist in Yugoslavia, separated himself from the Yugoslav Communist movement after seventeen brilliant years of leadership -- an abrupt and spectacular separation which caused a temporary political crisis in Yugoslavia, left a permanent mark on the intellectual history of our times, and, three years later, landed Djilas himself in prison, where he remains at the time of this writing.

As is often the case with important illuminations of the human mind, these articles appeared without any special fanfare or announcement. Djilas was a regular contributor to the pages of Borba, and he already had a reputation as a writer of complex and turbulent prose. As a result, the first half-dozen of these essays were treated as if they were merely another installment in that flow of abstractions which Djilas had been pouring into the nation's intellectual bloodstream since the advent . . .

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