Yesterday's Tomorrow (Hardcover)

On the Loneliness of Communist Specters and the Reconstruction of the Future

By Bini Adamczak, Adrian Nathan West (Translated by), Raymond Geuss (Foreword by)

The MIT Press, 9780262045131, 168pp.

Publication Date: April 20, 2021

List Price: 24.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.


How the communist revolution failed, presented in a series of catastrophes.

The communist project in the twentieth century grew out of utopian desires to oppose oppression and abolish class structures, to give individual lives collective meaning. The attempts to realize these ideals became a series of colossal failures. In Yesterday's Tomorrow, Bini Adamczak examines these catastrophes, proceeding in reverse chronological order from 1939 to 1917. Adamczak reflects on the Hitler-Stalin Pact, the Great Terror of 1937, the failure of the European Left to prevent National Socialism, Stalin's rise to power, and the bloody rebellion at Kronstadt, as she seeks a future that never happened.

About the Author

Bini Adamczak is a Berlin-based social theorist and artist who writes on political theory, queer politics, and the past future of revolutions. She is the author of Communism for Kids (MIT Press).