The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest book fair in the world. On Saturday, October 12, Alan Woods participated in the official launch of the German edition of Reason in Revolt (Aufstand der Vernunft) which has just come out.
The publication has already aroused a lot of interest in left circles in Germany and Austria, where a series of public presentations is being prepared for the next few months.
One of those who attended the book launch put it this way: "It was about time that the Left in Germany began to defend the ideas of Marxism again." An older veteran of the Marxist movement said that Reason in Revolt (which he had already read in English) was the best book on Marxist philosophy since Anti Dühring.
Perhaps the most significant development was the links that have been forges with the left daily paper Junge Welt, which is preparing to publish a long interview with Alan in its Saturday edition, and he will also participate in a meeting in Berlin organized by Junge Welt in January. In addition, a book launch is planned to take place in December in Vienna.
In addition to the book launch in Frankfurt in the evening of Friday, October 11, Alan spoke about the book to a successful meeting of trade unionists and SPD members in Wiesbaden, which showed the tremendous interest and thirst for Marxist ideas that exist in left wing circles in Germany.
As an interesting footnote, among those who attended the book launch in Frankfurt was a woman professor of theoretical physics in Tirana who showed great enthusiasm for the idea of a book about Marxist philosophy and science and expressed an interest in promoting an Albanian edition.
October 16, 2002
Note: Aufstand der Vernunft (Marxistische Philosophie und moderne
Wissenschaft) is published by Promedia (Edition Forschung). To get a copy of
the book please contact German website www.derfunke.de