ENVER HOXHA

LITERATURE AND THE ARTS SHOULD SERVE TO
TEMPER PEOPLE WITH CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS
FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF SOCIALISM

The closing speech delivered at the 15th Plenum of the
CC of the PLA'
October 26, 1965

 

ENVER HOXHA

THE SCIENCES WHICH STUDY OUR NATIONAL HISTORY, LANGUAGE AND CULTURE MUST BE RAISED TO A HIGHER LEVEL

From the contribution at the meeting of the Secretariat of the CC of the PLA
May 9, 1983

 

 

Lenin

 

On Literature and Art

 

Marx and Engels

on LITERATURE

 

 

Central Committee

Resolution on the Policy of the Party in the Field of Literature.

July 1, 1925


As the class war in general has not ended, neither has it ended on the literary front. In a class society there is not, nor can there be a neutral art, the class nature of art generally and of literature in particular is expressed in forms which are infinitely more various than, for instance, in politics....

It must be remembered, however, that this problem is infinitely more complicated than other problems being solved by the proletariat. Even in the limitations of a capitalist society the working class could prepare itself for a victorious revolution, build cadres of fighters and leaders produce a magnificent ideological weapon for the political struggle. But it could work out neither the problems of natural science nor the tasks of technical development; and by the same token the proletariat, the class which was culturally deprived, was unable to develop its own literature, its own characteristic artistic forms, its own style. Although the proletariat has ready infallible criteria regarding the sociopolitical content of any literary work, it does not have such definite answers to all questions of artistic form....

With relation to the "fellow-travelers" we must bear in mind: (1) their differentiation, (2) the importance of many of them as qualified specialists of literary technique; and (3) the presence of vacillation in this group of writers. The general directive should be for tactful and careful relations with them, and for such an approach as will guarantee all the conditions for their earliest possible movement in the direction of Communist ideology. While discouraging antiproletarian and antirevolutionary elements (now quite insignificant), and while fighting to expose the ideology of the new bourgeoisie which is taking form among a part of the fellow-travelers-those of the "change-of-landmarks" stripe-the Party should have a patient attitude toward intermediate ideological formations, patiently aiding those inevitably numerous formations to develop in the process of ever closer comradely cooperation with the cultural forces of communism....

Communist criticism should fight mercilessly against counterrevolutionary phenomena in literature; and yet at the same time show the greatest tact, attention and patience toward all those groups which can and will join the proletariat. Communist criticism must drive out the tone of literary command. Such criticism can have deep educational significance only when it relies on its own ideological superiority. Marxist criticism should once and for all drive out of its midst all pretentious, half-literate, and self-satisfied Communist conceit. Marxist criticism should have as its slogan to learn," and should resist every appearance of cheap judgment and ignorant arrogance in its own milieu.

While it has infallible criteria of judgment regarding the class content of literary tendencies, the Party as a whole must not bind itself to any one tendency in the field of literary form. Giving general leadership to literature, the Party cannot support any one faction in literature (classifying these factions according to their different views on form and style), just as it cannot by resolutions settle questions of the form of the family, though in general it does and should lead in the development of new ways of life. Everything indicates that a style proper to the epoch will be created, but it will be created by different methods, and the solution of this problem has not yet been begun. In the present phase of cultural development any attempt to bind the Party in this direction must be repulsed.

Therefore the Party should declare itself in favor of the free competition of various groups and tendencies in this province. Any other solution of the problem would be an official, bureaucratic pseudo-solution. In the same way it is inadmissible to legalize by a decree the monopoly of the literary printing business by any one group or literary organization. While morally and materially supporting proletarian and proletarian-peasant literature, and aiding the fellow-travelers, the Party cannot offer a monopoly to any of these groups, even the one most proletarian in its ideology. For this would be to destroy proletarian literature itself

 

 

 

Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks)

Decree on the Reconstruction of Literary and Artistic Organizations

April 23, 1932


Here the Party Central Committee passes a resolution abolishing all proletarian organizations in literature and other arts and decreeing the formation of a single Union of Soviet Writers.

The Central Committee states that over recent years literature and art have made considerable advances, both quantitative and qualitative, on the basis of the significant progress of Socialist construction.

A few years ago the influence of alien elements, especially those revived by the first years of NEP,' was still apparent and marked. At this time, when the cadres of proletarian literature were still weak, the Party helped in every possible way to create and consolidate special proletarian organs in the field of literature and art in order to maintain the position of proletarian writers and art workers.

At the present time the cadres of proletarian literature and art have managed to expand, new writers and artists have come forward from the factories, plants, and collective farms, but the confines of the existing proletarian literature and art organizations (VOAPP, RAPP, RATIM,' etc.) are becoming too narrow and are hampering the serious development of artistic creation. This factor creates a danger: these organizations might change from being an instrument for the maximum mobilization of Soviet writers and artists for the tasks of Socialist construction to being an instrument for cultivating elitist withdrawal and loss of contact with the political tasks of the present and with the important groups of writers and artists who sympathize with Socialist construction.

Hence the need for the appropriate reconstruction of literary and artistic organizations and the extension of the basis of their activity.

Following from this, the Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks) decrees:

1. Liquidation of the Association of Proletarian Writers (VOAPP, RAPP).

2. Integration of all writers who support the platform of the Soviet government and who aspire to participate in Socialist construction in a single union of Soviet writers with a Communist faction therein.

3. Execution of analogous changes with regard to the other arts.

4. Charging of the Organizational Bureau with working out practical measures for the fulfillment of this resolution.

 

 

 

 

 

Pravda 28 January, 1949 Friday
P. 3

About one anti-patriotic group of theatre critics

 

 

 

Andrei Zhdanov 

On the Errors of the Soviet Literary Journals, "ZVEZDA" and "LENINGRAD"

August 20, 1946

 

 

Andrei Zhdanov 

The Duty of a Soviet Writer

August 21, 1946

 

 

 

 

Andrei Zhdanov

 

Soviet Literature

the Richest in Ideas, the Most Advanced Literature

August 1934

 

 

 

 

STALIN

Henri Barbusse

1935

 

 

 

 

 

Maxim Gorky

Stalin and Gorky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vladimir Mayakovsky

 

 

 

 

Leo Tolstoy and his time

Lenin

 

 

 

 

Anton Makarenko

 

 

 

 

 

 

Konstantin Simonov

 

 

 

 

Bertolt Brecht

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Iron Flood

Serafimovich

1935

 

 

 

 

 

A WEEK

by Yuri Libedinsky

(summary)

1922

 

 

 

M. Ilin

 

The Story of the Great Plan

1930

[excerpts]

 

 

 

 

 

book 1

book 2

How the steel was tempered

Nikolai Ostrowsky

 

 

 

 

The Epic of the Black Sea Revolt

André Marty

 

1941

 

 

 

 

 

20 Years in Underground Russia

Cecilia Bobrovskaya

1934

 

 

 

A Story About A Real Man

Boris Polevoi

 

 

 

The Commissar of the Gold Express

an episode in the civil war

V. MATVEYEV

1933

 

 

 

Ten Days That Shook the World

John Reed

remark by Stalin:

"THE FACTS ABOUT THE OCTOBER UPRISING

First of all about the October uprising. Rumours are being vigorously spread among members of the Party that the Central Committee as a whole was opposed to an uprising in October 1917. The usual story is that on October 10, when the Central Committee adopted the decision to organise the uprising, the majority of the Central Committee at first spoke against an uprising, but, so the story runs, at that moment a worker burst in on the meeting of the Central Committee and said:

"You are deciding against an uprising, but I tell you that there will be an uprising all the same, in spite of everything." And so, after that threat, the story runs, the Central Committee, which is alleged to have become frightened, raised the question of an uprising afresh and adopted a decision to organise it.

This is not merely a rumour, comrades. It is related by the well-known John Reed in his book Ten Days. Reed was remote from our Party and, of course, could not know the history of our secret meeting on October 10, and, consequently, he was taken in by the gossip spread by people like Sukhanov. This story was later passed round and repeated in a number of pamphlets written by Trotskyites, including one of the latest pamphlets on October written by Syrkin. These rumours have been strongly supported in Trotsky's latest literary pronouncements.

(Stalin, Works, Volume 6, "Trotskyism or Leninism?")

 

Letters to Judd - an American workingman

Upton Sinclair

 

 

 

 

 

 

In non-union mines

the diary of a coal digger in central Pennsylvania, August-September

1921

 

 

 

 

"Hamburg at the Barricades"

1923

Larrissa Reissner

 

 

 

 

The Lessing Legend

Franz Mehring

New York 1938

 

 

 

 

 

Barricades in Berlin

Klaus Neukrantz

1933

 

 

 

 

 

The Story of Zoya and Shura

L. Kosmodemyanskaya

 Published by Foreign Languages Publishing House: Moscow, 1953 

 

 

 

 

 

The School

Gaidar

 

 

 

Timur and His Squad

Arkady Gaidar

(1940)

 

 

 

 

CHUCK AND GECK

Arkady Gaidar

 

 

 

The Nightingale

 

by Petras Tsvirka

 

 

 

 

Vassili Grossman

 

STALINGRAD

 

 

Vasily Ivanovich Ardamatskiy

 

LENINGRADSKAYA WINTER

 

 

 

PATRIOTISM AND INTERNATIONALISM

Titarenko

1950

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Russian Character

Alexei Tolstoi

NOTES FROM THE GALLOWS (Chapter IV)

 

 

 

 

Biography of Julius Fucík

written by Gusta Fucíková

published in 1955

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A History of Albanian Literature

Koco Bihiku

Tirana, 1980

 

 

 

The vitality of the principles of Socialist realism in present day Albanian art

 

Albania Today“- No 2, 1976

 

 

 

 

The literature for children a great achievement of our art of socialist realism

"Albania Today" No 3, 1983

 

 

 

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR PROPER STUDY OF FOREIGN LITERATURE

Tirana

Gazeta "BASHKIMI"

15 December 1977, page 3

 

 

 

 

 

MIGJENI

Albanian - poetry

(1911-1938)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dritëro AGOLLI

 

On socialist literature

(articles from "Albania today")

 

 

THE APPASSIONATA

Tirana: Naim Frashëri 1972, Vepra letrare 6, p. 222-249

 

 

FATE OF SCHOLARS, ARTISTS, SCIENTISTS, BRAIN WORKERS UNDER HITLER-FASCISM

 

 

 

 

 

PELLE THE CONQUEROR

MARTIN ANDERSON NEXO

1906

 

 

 

Romain Rolland

 

 

 

Jack London