New PDF release: Anarchists Never Surrender: Essays, Polemics, and

By Victor Serge

ISBN-10: 1629630314

ISBN-13: 9781629630311

Supplying a whole photo of Victor Serge's dating to anarchist motion and doctrine, this quantity comprises writings going again to his teenage years in Brussels, the place he grew to become motivated by means of the doctrine of individualist anarchism. on the middle of the anthology are key articles written quickly after his arrival in Paris in 1909, whilst he grew to become editor of the newspaper l'anarchie. In those articles Serge develops and debates his personal radical techniques, arguing the futility of mass motion and embracing "illegalism." Serge's involvement with the infamous French team of anarchist armed robbers, the Bonnot Gang, landed Serge in legal for the 1st time in 1912. The e-book comprises either his felony correspondence together with his anarchist comrade Émile Armand and articles written instantly after his liberate. The ebook additionally contains a number of articles and letters written via Serge after he had left anarchism at the back of and joined the Russian Bolsheviks in 1919. right here Serge analyzed anarchism and the ways that he was hoping anarchism might leaven the harshness and dictatorial developments of Bolshevism. integrated listed below are writings on anarchist concept and historical past, Bakunin, the Spanish revolution, and the Kronstadt rebellion. Anarchists by no means Surrender anthologizes Victor Serge's formerly unavailable texts on anarchism and fleshes out the portrait of this outstanding author and philosopher, a guy I. F. Stone known as one of many "moral figures of our time."

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For example, Latvian narratives of childhood construct a timeless world of archetypal images. Individual memories are subsumed under a general vision: ‘My childhood was happy like all childhoods’. This, or some similar phrase, was repeated by many. Sometimes there is little attempt to recall personal memories because the past is perceived as being like everyone else’s. Descriptions of the past refer explicitly to Latvian children or country children as a group and particular accounts derive their authenticity as instantiations of an archetype.

In other cases I gained a mere glimpse of what their life had been like, represented perhaps in some forty minutes of recording. I have set out details of the narrators in Appendix II. I found the transition from voices to the written Latvian text and then the translated English text hard. The better I had got to know the person, the harder I found it. I have read somewhere that the problem with life histories is knowing what to do with them. My problem was not not knowing what to do, but a psychological barrier to doing anything at all.

However, pure contiguity does not produce meaning. In the case of Latvian narratives it produces sequences of arbitrary events which in fact break down customary structures of meaning. The interweaving of metaphor contributes a meaning beyond chance juxtaposition to what would otherwise be perceived as arbitrary sequences of events. The more purely metonymic the account—history as one damned thing after another—the more it stands in need of metaphor. Metaphor reaches into the fractured and irreconciled corners of people’s lives.

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