Boris Reitschuster, Putin’s Democratorship: A man of power and his system

In the newest issue of New Eastern Europe 6/2015 you can read my review „Russia’s Club Law” about „Putin’s Democratorship: A man of power and his system” by Boris Reitschuster (originally published in German as „Putins Demokratur. Ein Machtmensch und sein System”, Ullstein Buchverlage, Berlin 2014). „Reitschuster sees the origins of Vladimir Putin’s system of power in the traditions of the Soviet Union. However, he also believes that Putin’s style of rule is modern and perhaps even ahead of its time. The author concludes that post-modern nihilism has eroded western European morality. Relativism successfully found its place in the sphere of culture, but has not yet infiltrated politics as it is too strongly linked with the economy. Irrational thinking would be extremely dangerous in this case. Putin broke this taboo, Reitschuster argues, as he managed to impose a Manichean view of the world on Russian society as part of his domestic policy” (part of the review).

Cały tekst dostępny jest w książce „Mozaika Europy Wschodniej” pod linkiem

http://www.marszalek.com.pl/sklep/produkt/4365/mozaika_europy_wschodniej.html

George G. Grabowicz, The Unknown Shevchenko. Essays on the Poet’s Symbolic Autobiography and Reception

In the new issue of New Eastern Europe 1/2015 you can read my review of George G. Grabowicz’s book “The Unknown Shevchenko. Essays on the Poet’s Symbolic Autobiography and Reception”. (Second edition, revised and expanded. Publisher: Krytyka, Kyiv 2014; Григорій Грабович, Шевченко, якого не знаємо. З проблематики символічної автобіографії та сучасної рецепції поєта). „After having read this book, I believe that Grabowicz has set for himself an even greater aim, namely to de-Sovietise Ukrainian humanities and liberal arts and finally allow them to enter the global current of thought and intellectual discourse, and further to change some tools and terminology of academic research. Undoubtedly, this process has already taken place in some areas of Ukrainian literary studies but Shevchenko studies have, for many reasons, remained a very conservative branch, insensitive even to the earlier social transformations which took place in Ukraine”. (part of the review).

Cały tekst dostępny jest w książce „Mozaika Europy Wschodniej” pod linkiem

http://www.marszalek.com.pl/sklep/produkt/4365/mozaika_europy_wschodniej.html