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Bauman and I were born in Poznan and Melbourne, 1925 and 1953, respectively. These were worlds apart. Yet Melbourne was to become the home for the Budapest School in exile, and for the foundation of the journal Thesis Eleven in 1980. And I was to become a leading publicist for the work of Zygmunt Bauman, this Polish Marxist who found his way into the postmodern via the Holocaust. These Hungarian scholars, along with Zygmunt and Janina Bauman, were to become my friends, and my teachers. Melbourne’s intellectual culture was alive, both because of local innovation and the cultural traffic that also drives the world system. Although I came to do much work on Bauman and his legacy, none of this became so pressing as when he died. I needed to write this out. This memoir emerged as the solution to mourning and depression. I needed to say goodbye, and to move on.

Intimacy in postmodern times

A friendship with Zygmunt Bauman


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