By Richard Wolin
Michel Foucault, Jean-Paul Sartre, Julia Kristeva, Phillipe Sollers, and Jean-Luc Godard. throughout the Nineteen Sixties, a who is who of French thinkers, writers, and artists, spurred by means of China's Cultural Revolution, have been seized with a fascination for Maoism. Combining a cruel exposé of left-wing political folly and cross-cultural false impression with a lively security of the Sixties, The Wind from the East tells the colourful tale of this mythical interval in France. Richard Wolin exhibits how French scholars and intellectuals, encouraged by means of their perceptions of the Cultural Revolution, and inspired through utopian hopes, incited grassroots social hobbies and reinvigorated French civic and cultural life.
Wolin's riveting narrative finds that Maoism's attract between France's top and brightest really had little to do with a true realizing of chinese language politics. in its place, it ironically served as a motor vehicle for an emancipatory transformation of French society. French pupil leftists took up the trope of "cultural revolution," making use of it to their criticisms of lifestyle. Wolin examines how Maoism captured the imaginations of France's major cultural figures, influencing Sartre's "perfect Maoist moment"; Foucault's belief of energy; Sollers's stylish, leftist highbrow magazine Tel Quel; in addition to Kristeva's booklet on chinese language women--which incorporated a lively safeguard of foot-binding.
Recounting the cultural and political odyssey of French scholars and intellectuals within the Nineteen Sixties, The Wind from the East illustrates how the Maoist phenomenon without warning sparked a democratic political sea switch in France.