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Splendour, Misery, and Possibilities
An X-Ray of Socialist Yugoslavia
Suvin’s ‘X-Ray’ of Socialist Yugoslavia offers an indispensable overview of a unique and often overlooked twentieth-century socialism
The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was created in a surge of revolutionary self-determination that rejected both the free-market-Capitalism of Europe, and the bureaucratic-Socialism of the Soviet Union. Yet this early experimentation and dynamism ultimately gave way to the same sclerotic state-system its creators were trying to avoid. In this engaging treatise, Suvin seeks out the source of this failure.
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  • Suvin's Splendour, Misery and Possibilities is a landmark contribution to the scholarship on the socialist experiments of the twentieth century that should be of particular interest to all those unconvinced by the "a priori tenet of Cold War ideology...that a plebian communist revolution must necessarily end in catastrophe."