A new documentary on the life and legacy of the great historian Eric Hobsbawm, The Consolations of History, has been released by the magazine London Review id Books,
Hobsbawm wrote many articles for the magazine as the documentary touches upon but the film’s strength is its focus on his scholarship, the political scope of his work, and the political activism that he was involved in throughout his life.
Hobsbawm was not a neutral observer, a Marxist whose views of history and politics were informed by the class struggle.
I found the story of his childhood to be very interesting. He was a citizen of the world from the beginning of his life.
Also, listening to Hobsbawm speaking in Italian, fluently, was disarming and wonderful.
His four books on world history which cover the time period from the French Revolution through the 20th century are absolutely essential, The depth of analysis and the high quality if the writing are extraordinary.
This documentary provides an insightful and fascinating look at Hobsbawn’s personal, professional, and political life.
Raoul Peck;s latest film, Exterminate All the Brutes, is a four-part documentary on HBO. Peck challenges the long accepted establishment narratives of history and its white mythologies,
His two previous films, The Young Karl Marx and I Am Not Your Negro, are great works,
I was deeply moved by both but even more so by I Am Not Your Negro which is a documentary about James Baldwin and the black freedom struggle in the United States which he lived and wrote so brilliantly about.
I highly recommend both films.
I am really looking forward to Raoul Peck’s new work which will undoubtedly be highly illuminating and unforgettable. .
The latest chapter in a literary drama that has played out through two centuries.
Kafka would surely be revolted by all of it.
However, its been well proven that artists are not always the best judges of their own work.
Max Brod performed a great service to the world by ignoring his friend’s request and instead exercised great literary judgement.
Whatever Kafka writings remain unreleased need to be published.
A long-hidden trove of unpublished works by Franz Kafka could soon be revealed after a decade-long battle over his literary estate that has drawn comparisons to some of his surreal tales.
A district court in Zurich upheld Israeli verdicts in the case last week, ruling that several safe-deposit boxes in the Swiss city could be opened and their contents shipped to Israel’s national library.
The papers could shed new light on one of literature’s darkest figures, a German-speaking Jew from Prague whose cultural legacy has been hotly contested between Israel and Germany.