The Explosion

Marxism and French Upheaval

Henri Lefebvre


Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2009

157 pages

Price INR 195
Book Club Price INR 147

Professor Lefebvre rehearses for the reader the full sweep of Marxist thinking about social change, and investigates carefully and critically the work of Herbert Marcuse in the light of the French explosion. His thought ranges far beyond the streets of Paris, taking as the starting point issues raised by the radical student movement and ultimately presenting a significant new theory about the nature of power and politics under conditions of modern capitalism.

Henri Lefebvre

Henry Lefebvre (1901-1991) was a French Marxist philosopher and sociologist, best known for pioneering the critique of everyday life, for introducing the concepts of the right to the city and the production of social space, and for his work on dialectics, alienation, and criticism of Stalinism, existentialism, and structuralism. In his prolific career, Lefebvre wrote more than sixty books and three hundred articles.