Towards the History of Perception of György Lukács’ Work in the USSR on the Base of Correspondence from the Late 1940s to the 1960s

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Affiliation: Institute of Slavic Studies RAS
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Affiliation: Saint Petersburg University of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Address: Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg
Journal nameISTORIYA

György Lukács (1885—1971), who after a long spiritual quest came to Marxism in the late 1910s, left his mark on the history of European thought in the 20th century as a major philosopher and literary critic, whose most important works of different decades (“History and class consciousness”, “Young Hegel”, “The originality of the aesthetic”, etc.) caused a wide international response. This publication focuses on the lifetime perception of Lukacs’ work in the USSR in the mirror of his correspondence from the second half of the 1940s to the end of the 1960s. Although Lukacs returned to his native Budapest in 1945, he was well remembered in the USSR as a person who spent a long time in Soviet emigration (1930—1931, 1933—1945) and actively participated in literary and philosophical life. The discussion of the late 1930s, initiated by his work “On the History of Realism”, was especially memorable for the Soviet humanitarian intelligentsia.

KeywordsGyörgy Lukács, Soviet-Hungarian ties in the humanities, Western Marxism and its perception in the USSR
Publication date30.06.2022
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