Acclaim for Sibirischer Schwindel and Marx for a Post-Communist Era
Sullivan's Sibirischer Schwindel - two short novels in one volume - was published in Germany in the distinguished Die Andere Bibliothek series in 2002 ("Germany's finest literary series," DIE ZEIT). His philosophy work, Marx for a Post-Communist Era: On Poverty, Corruption and Banality, was published by Routledge in 2001 (Top 5 Publishers in Philosophy, The Leiter Report). The three works were written in Paris, Bangkok and Washington D.C. between 1996 and 2001.
Discovery Book Award Winner, Hollywood Film Festival, 2001
20 Best Novels of the Year, Hamburg City Library, 2002
“Sullivan’s well-crafted mixture of sense and sensibility, the marriage of orgiastic prose and sober observations makes for an entertaining as well as enlightening read.” Neue Zürcher Zeitung
“With his two adventure novels, Sullivan takes off with a verbal fireworks of Humor, Trash and Philosophy…an absolute literary discovery… a promising mix of Henry Miller and Thomas Pynchon.” Titel Magazin
“Sullivan’s adventure novels are a delightful read ranging from alternative Ethnokitsch to frontier capitalism.”Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"Two widely-acclaimed examples of the post-Soviet expat genre are Gary Shteyngart's Russian Debutante's Handbook and Stefan Sullivan's Sibirischer Schwindel." Prof. Hans Rindisbacher, Pomona College
"A wild Absurdistan...An electrifying Satyricon à la russe,." TAZ
Recommended Reading, CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT: A READER AND GUIDE, ed. Allan Finlayson (NYU Press, 2003)
“Sullivan's lucid retelling of the cultural origins and history of Marxism and economic theory is unparalleled.” --C. Jason Smith, Reconstruction
“Sullivan's book is invigorating, readable and relevant in telling detail. It dissects the economic, political and cultural consequences of a world driven by profit and greed. A marvelously humane and hopeful critique of the dominant ideology.” --Prof. David Mclellan, University of Kent, author of Karl Marx: His Life and Thought, and Marx before Marxism
"Sullivan has deeply internalized the Marxist concept of the `realm of freedom` and brought it to bear on the daily world around him." Ian McKay --Rebels, Reds, Radicals: Rethinking Canada`s Left History, (Between the Lines, Toronto, 2005)
"a thought provoking analysis of the relevance of Marx since the collapse of communist power." Leslie Holmes -- Communism: A Very Short Introduction, (Oxford University Press, 2009).
Possibly the most stigmatized thinker in the west, Marx has been distorted or co-opted by friends and foes alike. In a sober journalistic style, Stefan Sullivan's Marx for a Post-Communist Era reinvigorates a Marxist critique tarnished by esoteric scholasticism, party sloganeering and simplistic refutations.
– Staff Pick of the Month: John Huntington, Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse, Washington D.C.
Stefan Sullivan, bucking all trends, builds a compelling argument about why Marx is still very important to understand current issues in international political economy and culture. Revisiting is not to say that the USSR will be back, but rather it is to appreciate what insights we find in the writings of one of the most important social theorists of the modern era.
–Prof. Gerald McDermott, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
It often takes an outsider to see America clearly, and in Heartlands it’s Andreas Horvath, the Austrian photographer and award-winning filmmaker (This Ain't No Heartland, Helmut Berger) putting his eye on the United States. In this beautifully printed, large-format volume of black and white photography, made in 24 states since 1985, Horvath presents images of the “fly-over states,” telling powerful stories of politics, privilege (or lack of it), social aspiration and faded glory. Text by Lech Kowalski, Monika Muskala and Stefan Sullivan.