PRE-ORDER The Utopians by Anna Neima (Signed)
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PRE-ORDER The Utopians by Anna Neima (Signed)

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This title is from an author attending the Charleston Literary Festival 2022 which is running from Thursday 19th May to Sunday 29th May. Tickets for all events can be found on the Charleston website.

If you are attending the event, you will be able to buy books by the featured authors at our festival bookshop however if you can't make it, get your pre-orders in now!

***Charleston pre-orders will be shipped at the end of May once the festival is over. If you place a pre-order alongside a title we have in stock, they will be shipped separately and you will be charged accordingly at checkout***

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The Utopians is the remarkable story of six experimental communities - Santiniketan-Sriniketan in India, Dartington Hall in England, Atarashiki Mura in Japan, the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in France, the Bruderhof in Germany and Trabuco College in America - that sprang up in the aftermath of the First World War. Each was led by charismatic figures who dreamed of a new way of living.

Rabindranath Tagore, Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst, Mushanokoji Saneatsu, G. I. Gurdjieff, Eberhard and Emmy Arnold and Gerald Heard all struggled to turn ambitious ideals into reality.

They - and their fellow communards - left their jobs, their homes and their social circles. They faced mockery and persecution, penury, hunger and discomfort, and their own doubts about whether their efforts to change society would ever make a difference. Anna Neima's absorbing and vivid account of these collectives, from creation to collapse, reveals them to be full of eccentric characters, outlandish lifestyles and unchecked idealism.

They were dramatic, fractious places where high ideals collided with the need to feed the chickens, clean the toilets, bring up squabbling children and grow the grain for the daily bread. These communities were small in scale and dismissed in their time. Yet, a century later, their influence still resonates in realms as disparate as progressive education, environmentalism, medical research and mindfulness training.

They provided, and continue to provide, a rich store of inspiration for those who aspire to improve the world. Without them, the post-war world would have been a poorer place.