In essence, freedom

Growing up between socialism and liberalism
by
April 2022, no. 441

Free: Coming of age at the end of history by Lea Ypi

Allen Lane, $35 pb, 313 pp

In essence, freedom

Growing up between socialism and liberalism
by
April 2022, no. 441

‘Freedom’ is a word that slips off the tongue easily. As the moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre notes in his essay ‘Freedom and Revolution’: ‘No word has been more cheapened by misuse. No word has experienced more of the tortuous redefinitions of politicians.’ In the essay, MacIntyre turns to Karl Marx to recover the idea that human beings are essentially free. With the same source of inspiration, but through a poignant and often funny memoir of coming to age in state-socialist Albania, Lea Ypi’s Free attempts the same task.

Michael Lazarus reviews ‘Free: Coming of age at the end of history’ by Lea Ypi

Free: Coming of age at the end of history

by Lea Ypi

Allen Lane, $35 pb, 313 pp

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