Revolutions in Reverse: Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination

This collection of essays takes its title from an astute observation that modern revolutions appear to be happening in precisely the reverse order compared to historical imagination.

They proceed by reinventing the dynamics and norms of social life, bringing these new life forms out in the public to celebrate, only to culminate in often violent clashes with the state. The interplay between violence and imagination was central to David’s work especially as they related to the possibility of pursuing forms of value other than money. It reiterates a call David made throughout his works to create a new language and a new common sense which he perceived as the ultimate kind of revolution.

by Andris Suvajevs