Originally published in 1962, when Lefebvre was beginning his career as a lecturer in sociology at the University of Strasbourg, it established his position in the vanguard of a movement which was to culminate in the events of May 1968. A classic analysis of the modern world using Marxist dialectic, it is a book which supersedes the conventional divisions between academic disciplines. With dazzling skill, Lefebvre moves from philosophy to sociology, from literature to history, to present a profound analysis of the social, political and cultural forces at work in France and the world in the aftermath of Stalin's death - an analysis in which the contours of our own postmodernity appear with startling clarity.
Henri Lefebvre was born in 1901 and died in 1991. He was a member of the French Communist Party until his expulsion in 1957. He published more than sixty books, from Le nationalisme contre les nations (1937) to La rythmanalyse (1992). The most recent English translations of his work include The Production of Space (1990) and Critique of Everyday Life (1991).