Marci Shore

is associate professor of history at Yale University. She is the translator of Michał Głowiński’s The Black Seasons and the author of Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation’s Life and Death in Marxism, 1918–1968 and The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe. Her book about the 2013–2014 revolution in Ukraine, The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution, is forthcoming from Yale University Press; she is also at work on a longer book project titled Phenomenological Encounters: Scenes from Central Europe. Her recent essays include ‘Surreal Love in Prague’ (TLS); ‘Out of the Desert: A Heidegger for Poland’ (TLS); ‘Rescuing the Yiddish Ukraine’ (New York Review of Books); ‘Rachelka’s Tablecloth: Poles and Jews, Intimacy and Fragility “on the Periphery of the Holocaust”’, (Tr@nsit Online); ‘Can We See Ideas? On Evocation, Experience, and Empathy’ (Modern European Intellectual History); ‘Entscheidung am Majdan: Eine Phänomenologie der Ukrainischen Revolution’ (Lettre International); ‘Reading Tony Judt in Wartime Ukraine’ (The New Yorker); and ‘The Bard of Eastern Ukraine, Where Things are Falling Apart’ (The New Yorker).


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Postmodernism was conceived largely by the Left as a safeguard against totalizing ideologies. Yet today, it has been appropriated on behalf of an encroaching neo-totalitarianism of the Right. Is French literary theory to blame? And can a philosophy of dissent developed in communist eastern Europe offer an antidote?

Legacies of "Judeo-Bolshevism"

Scenes from post-communist Poland

For young Polish Jews, the historical injury of the Holocaust is often complicated by their grandparents’ participation in the communist project. Many of the twenty-somethings interviewed by Marci Shore reappropriated their Jewish identity after 1989, and grapple deeply with questions of inner-Jewish politics and their relations with non-Jewish Poles. Affection, hostility, passion… one thing emerges above all: contradiction.

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