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The Intellectuals on the Road to Class Power
The Intellectuals on the Road to Class Power
By George Konrád and Ivan Szelényi
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979, 252 pp.

An original and powerfully argued study, written several years ago in Hungary but not published there, of the role of the intelligentsia in modern society. The analysis of socialism in Eastern Europe, the book's main but not exclusive concern, is centered on the rise and the social role of the intellectuals as a class, their relation to the ruling political elite, and the keys they may hold to the future. The authors are a novelist and a sociologist. The book does not read like a novel.