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  • Author:
    ELLIOT BROWN Roland / SORRELL Stephen
  • ISBN:
    9780995745575
  • Publication Date:
    15/12/2019
  • Edition:
    1
  • Pages:
  • Binding:
    Hardback
  • Publisher:
    FUEL Publishing
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Godless Utopia
Godless Utopia

Godless Utopia

Regular price $55.00
Unit price
per
  • Author:
    ELLIOT BROWN Roland / SORRELL Stephen
  • ISBN:
    9780995745575
  • Publication Date:
    15/12/2019
  • Edition:
    1
  • Pages:
  • Binding:
    Hardback
  • Publisher:
    FUEL Publishing
  • Country of Publication:
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    The first book to tell the visual story of the USSRs war against religion of all denominations, from the 1917 revolution to its fall in 1991

    Weve finished the earthly tsars and were coming for the heavenly ones!. Thus spoke the Soviet Unions first atheist propagandists as they declared war on the opium of the people across the USSR.

    Soviet atheism is the great lost subject of the 20th century. Pope Pius XI led a crusade of prayer against it. George Orwell satirised it in Animal Farm. The Nazis called it a Jewish plot. Franklin D Roosevelt pressured Stalin to abandon it. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn blamed it for Russias catastrophes. Ronald Reagan put it at the core of his Evil Empire speech. And yet, because the Soviet Union promoted atheism almost entirely for domestic consumption, decades worth of arcane and astonishing antireligious imagery remains unknown in the West.

    Drawing on the early Soviet atheist magazines Godless and Godless at the Machine, and post-war posters by Communist Party publishers, Roland Elliott Brown presents an unsettling tour of atheist ideology in the USSR. Here are uncanny, imaginative and downright blasphemous visions from the very guts of the Soviet atheist apparatus: sinister priests rub shoulders with cross-bearing colonial torturers, greedy mullahs, a cyclopean Jehovah, and a crypto-fascist Jesus; Russian cosmonauts mock God from space while vigilant border guards nab American Bible smugglers.

    Godless Utopia is the occult grimoire of a lost socialist anti-theology.

    Featured in the November 2019 Art newsletter.
    To receive this newsletter regularly please email us with your name and contact details.

Product description

The first book to tell the visual story of the USSRs war against religion of all denominations, from the 1917 revolution to its fall in 1991

Weve finished the earthly tsars and were coming for the heavenly ones!. Thus spoke the Soviet Unions first atheist propagandists as they declared war on the opium of the people across the USSR.

Soviet atheism is the great lost subject of the 20th century. Pope Pius XI led a crusade of prayer against it. George Orwell satirised it in Animal Farm. The Nazis called it a Jewish plot. Franklin D Roosevelt pressured Stalin to abandon it. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn blamed it for Russias catastrophes. Ronald Reagan put it at the core of his Evil Empire speech. And yet, because the Soviet Union promoted atheism almost entirely for domestic consumption, decades worth of arcane and astonishing antireligious imagery remains unknown in the West.

Drawing on the early Soviet atheist magazines Godless and Godless at the Machine, and post-war posters by Communist Party publishers, Roland Elliott Brown presents an unsettling tour of atheist ideology in the USSR. Here are uncanny, imaginative and downright blasphemous visions from the very guts of the Soviet atheist apparatus: sinister priests rub shoulders with cross-bearing colonial torturers, greedy mullahs, a cyclopean Jehovah, and a crypto-fascist Jesus; Russian cosmonauts mock God from space while vigilant border guards nab American Bible smugglers.

Godless Utopia is the occult grimoire of a lost socialist anti-theology.

Featured in the November 2019 Art newsletter.
To receive this newsletter regularly please email us with your name and contact details.