Literature and Dialectical Materialism

Literature and Dialectical Materialism

Literature and Dialectical Materialism

Literature and Dialectical Materialism

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I do not think it will be necessary to spend very much time in demonstrating the profoundly anti-cultural character of fascism. The dramatic anti-cultural out- breaks of the Nazis are fresh in our minds. The public burning of the books of nearly all the greatest authors of Germany, the exile and robbing of Einstein, the exile of many of Germany's best musicians, actors, and actresses, the ruin of the German cinema, and the prohibition of all modern, rational architectural methods* are all events which cannot be denied, but which must be understood.

What we have to consider is the reason of the deadly enmity of fascism for every form of culture. For anti- cultural activities are by no means confined to the German Nazis. Italian fascism, too, in a much more subtle way, has proved itself utterly inimical to cultural activity. A friend of mine recently visited Italy with the object of making a study of Italian literature. My friend is not a Communist or a Marxist: she is not primarily interested in politics. What was her surprise when she discovered that there was no modern Italian literature to study!

She could obtain in the Italian bookshops no works of . . .

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