Balázs's Essay on Marxism

Intellektüel aggályoskodás. (A Sarló kis könyvtára 1.) [Intellectual Concerns. (Library of the Sickle No. 1.)

Prága (Praha): Levá Fronta (Jav. Hoffmann), 1932. First edition. In publisher’s printed green paper. 32 p. Wrappers slightly chipped at extremities, creased at rear, inside fine. Overall in very good condition.

First edition of Balázs’s essay. The printed version of a banned lecture on Marxism that he was to held in Bratislava in 1931. “Sarló” (Sickle), the publisher of this pamphlet, was a leftist Hungarian youth organization, based in Bratislava.

Béla Balázs (1884–1949) was a Hungarian-Jewish film critic and aesthete, also a writer and poet. He is known as the librettist of Béla Bartók’s “Bluebeard's Castle” and the writer of the scenario for Bartók’s ballet “The Wooden Prince”.


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