Like a Clap of Thunder

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Written by Ankica Čakardić

Translated by Andrew Hodges

Ankica Čakardić’s monograph Like a Clap of Thunder is an extremely valuable, powerful and above all inspiring triptych of sharp and energetic philosophical-political essays on Rosa Luxemburg, which offers us a multi-layered introduction to Luxemburg’s thought and works in a contemporary and historical context.

The first text in the triptych guides the reader through the key trajectories of Rosa Luxemburg’s biography, evoking both her historical significance for Marxist and feminist theory and politics, as well as the distinctive character, thoughtfulness, sensitivity and vitality of this revolutionary woman, a woman of a special intimate-public ethical cast and poetic texture.

The central piece that Čakardić offers us in the «triptych on Rosa» is the foundational piece – it contains an analysis of the relevance of Rosa Luxemburg’s economic thought in The Accumulation of Capital and of the relevance of her spatial dialectics for today’s Marxist-feminist theories of social reproduction.
The final part of the triptych gives an overview of how the works of Rosa Luxemburg were translated during the twentieth century in Yugoslavia, and of how they have been interpreted and shortened and/or neglected in academic thought and the intellectual life of the socialist period. This has to be a reminder and lesson for today’s regional Marxist and feminist production.

— From the review by Jasmina Husanović

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