IBNA- Socio-political book ‘The West German Counterculture from the Student Movement to the Greens’ (1997) by German scholar Sabine von Dirke has been translated into Persian and published.
Rendered by noted Iranian journalist, author and translator Mohammad Ghaq’ed into Persian, the book has been released by Farhang Nashr-e No Publishing in collaboration with Asim Publishing in 305 pages and 1100 copies.
According to the translator, among the various aspects of social movements that the book addresses, one is the legitimacy of violence and the monopoly of violence in the hands of the governments which resort to what is called violence in the name of saving the country, in the name of the comfort of the people, etc. But this concept is also prone to interpretation in the context of cultures and words of different classes.
‘All Power to the Imagination!’ is a history of the counterculture’s immensely influential role in West German cultural and political life. Sabine von Dirke opens with an examination of nascent countercultural movements in West Germany during the 1950s.
She then moves to a nuanced account of the student movement of the 1960s, describing its adaptation of the theories of Marcuse, Adorno, and Benjamin, then recounting its attack on “bourgeois” notions of the autonomy of art and culture.
She next examines the subsequent development of a radical aesthetic and the effects of left-wing terrorism on Germany’s political climate. Later chapters focus on die tageszeitung, the ecology movement, and the rise of the Green Party.
Von Dirke concludes by asking whether the evolution that this book traces—from Marxist-influenced critiques of culture and society to more diverse, less doctrinaire left-wing positions—represents progress or a betrayal of radical ideals. An ambitious study of the German left, this book is an important contribution to our understanding of postwar European history.
Sabine von Dirke is an assistant professor of German at the University of Pittsburgh. Her articles have appeared in German Studies Review, Germanic Review, and German Politics and Society.