Nothing Human is Alien to Me

Aijaz Ahmad in conversation with Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad, Aijaz Ahmad


LeftWord Books, New Delhi, 2020

Language: English

220 pages

Price INR 245
Book Club Price INR 175

“Some radical critics may have forgotten about Marxism; but Marxism, in the shape of Ahmad’s devastating, courageously unfashionable critique, has not forgotten about them.” – Terry Eagleton’s blurb for Aijaz Ahmad’s celebrated book, In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures (1992).

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Two features characterize the entire body of Aijaz Ahmad’s work, which offers us a way to read the history of the present. First, his evident wide reading about the history and sociology of the world, which allows him to provide the necessary global context for his study and for our new times that remain tied to the contradictions of a longer history. Second, his grip on Marxism, a living Marxism, a Marxism that has absorbed both the streams of Western Marxism and of national liberation Marxism.

Vijay Prashad writes that it is impossible for him to think without thinking alongside the work of Aijaz Ahmad. In this fascinating and wide-ranging conversation, he draws out Ahmad, separating and interweaving strands of his thought, and in the process inviting us, the readers, to take a look at the method that drives his analysis. In the process, we learn to think through the present, better.

Aijaz Ahmad

Aijaz Ahmad is one of India's best-known Marxist scholars. His best-known books include In Theory: Classes, Nations, LiteraturesLineages of the Present: Ideological and Political Genealogies of Contemporary South Asia, and, from LeftWord Books, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Imperialism of Our Time.

Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad is the Executive Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Darker Nations: A Biography of the Short-Lived Third WorldThe Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South and Red Star Over the Third World (from LeftWord). His most recent book is Washington Bullets (LeftWord 2021). He writes regularly for FrontlineThe HinduAlternet and BirGun. He is Chief Editor at LeftWord Books.