The Passing Age

The Ideology and Culture of the Late Bourgeois Epoch


Alexander Kukarkin, translated by Keith Hammond


Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1979
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Printing Details

First edition, hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14.5cm, 366pp.

From the wrapper: "The Passing Age" sums up the leading and most consistent trends in virtually every sphere of the cultural life of Western Europe and the United States: science, literature, fine arts, theatre, cinema, the press, radio, television and advertising. This wide-ranging work combines the author's personal assessments with the direct comments of Western scholars, politicians, artists, film-makers and journalists on the issues raised. The second, fundamental section on the book traces the link between philosophy, sociology, aesthetics and artistic creativity. The individual's fate in the West during the age of scientific and technological revolution and the rapid development of mass media is evaluated. Kukarkin's consistent emphasis on facts transforms 'The Passing Age' into an anthology of materials and ideas, aimed primarily at the 'initiated' reader. Yet its combination of scholarly documentation and journalistic vividness and the polemic character of its exposition broaden its potential audience and render it interesting and accessible to non-specialists as well.


The book is in good condition, with some tanning to the pages' top edge. The dustwrapper is creased to the spine ends but now within a protective sleeve.



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