Ernst Fischer (writer)

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Ernst Fischer in 1952

Ernst Fischer (3 July 1899 – 31 July 1972), also known under the pseudonyms: Ernst Peter Fischer, Peter Wieden, Pierre Vidal, and Der Miesmacher, was a Bohemian-born Austrian journalist, writer and politician.


  • Art is necessary in order that man should be able to recognize and change the world. But art is also necessary by virtue of the magic inherent in it.
    • The Necessity of Art: A Marxist Approach (1965), Penguin Books, translated by Anna Bostock.

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  • Our difficulties with the Russians increased, but I never really blamed Konev. He obviously was merely carrying out instructions. He even had a sense of humor about it occasionally. Once when we were discussing Austrian politics, the name of the Communist party leader, Ernst Fischer, was mentioned. Jokingly, I said: "Well, I don't like him because he is a Communist." Konev grunted. "That's fine," he said. "I don't like him either because he's an Austrian Communist."
  • The Marxist critic, Ernst Fischer, cuttingly pronounced, "The feature common to all significant artists and writers in the capitalist world is their inability to come to terms with the social reality that surrounds them."

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