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Apr 09, 2024 | ISBN 9781839766053

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“Hannah Proctor is one of the best writers on the left today, and this is an extraordinary and extremely timely book – a kaleidoscopic work of revolutionary history on what happens when our day doesn’t come and we have to cope with the consequences. Refusing both the easy temptations of left melancholia and forced ‘just another push, comrades!’ optimism, this is a book full of unromantic communist longing, deadpan humour and hard-won wisdom.”
—Owen Hatherley, author of The Ministry of Nostalgia

“Not since Freud first described war neurosis have we been treated to such an astonishing taxonomy of the human mind. In Burnout, Hannah Proctor takes that feeling we all have, and names it again and again, helping us to resee the past and present of revolutionary struggle. A must-read.”
—Hannah Zeavin, Founding Editor, Parapraxis

“Achieves commendable synthesis between its argument and sources … The more people are writing books like Burnout, the better we might overcome our pains, and remain in the struggle.”
—Juliet Jacques, ArtReview

“Brilliant … an invigorating reader experience. Activists will find strange comfort in knowing that burnout is a collective affliction that has loomed large over our social movements for centuries … While its effects can be profoundly personal, it can unite us too.”
—Janey Starling, Unison Magazine

“Proctor deftly dismantles contemporary ‘self-care’ edicts that aim to ‘streamline’ our participation in capitalism.”
—Decca Muldowney, New Internationalist

Table Of Contents


Part I. Historical Symptoms: Past Attachments
1. Melancholia
2. Nostalgia
3. Depression

Part II. Survival Pending Revolution: Patient Urgency
4. Burnout
5. Exhaustion
6. Bitterness

Part III. Concepts Transformed: Anti-Adaptive Healing
7. Trauma
8. Mourning


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