Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745337760 Published March 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337777 Published March 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Painting the Town Red

Politics and the Arts During the 1919 Hungarian Soviet Republic

Bob Dent

Painting the Town Red

Bob Dent

Distributed for Pluto Press

288 pages | 20 halftones | 5 3/4 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745337760 Published March 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337777 Published March 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
In 1919, in the wake of World War I, for a brief period Hungary was a Soviet Republic. The republic didn’t last, but the incredible effusion of art, music, film, theater, and literature that it generated did. Painting the Town Red offers an in-depth exploration of the incredible artistic flourishing brought about by the 1919 republic, showing how art and politics were intertwined—and how, for a brief time, artists saw themselves as playing a crucial part in the establishment of a new way of living and governing. Through close analyses of the works of a number of creators and a careful recounting of the history and politics of the 1919 republic, Bob Dent brings a largely forgotten moment back to life, with all its glory and, ultimately, disillusion.
 
Review Quotes
Oliver Botar, School of Art, University of Manitoba
“Bob Dent’s book on the Hungarian Soviet Republic of 1919 is one of the only books in English to treat the subject in recent decades.  Dent has done a creditable job in conducting in-depth, original research, integrating it into a highly readable text that touches on a number of subjects never treated before in the literature in any language. He is to be praised for his dedication to this understudied but fascinating episode in the history of modern politics and the role of culture in politics.”
 
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