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  • Published: 15 January 2012
  • ISBN: 9781590174517
  • Imprint: NY Review Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • RRP: $34.99
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Memoirs Of A Revolutionary



Victor Serge is one of the great men of the twentieth century: anarchist, revolutionary, agitator, theoretician, historian of his times, and a fearless truthteller. Here Serge describes his upbringing in Belgium, the child of a family of exiled Russian revolutionary intellectuals, his early life as an activist, his time in a French prison, the active role he played in the Russian Revolution, as well as his growing dismay at the Revolutionary regime’s ever more repressive and murderous character. Expelled from the Soviet Union, Serge went to Paris, and barely escaped the Nazis to find a final refuge in Mexico. Memoirs of a Revolutionary describes a thrilling life on the frontlines of history and includes brilliant portraits of politicians from Trotsky and Lenin and Stalin to major writers like Alexander Blok and Andrey Bely. Above all, it captures the sensibility of Serge himself, that of a courageous and singularly appealing advocate of human liberation who remained undaunted in the most trying of times. Peter Sedgwick’s fine translation of Serge’s Memoirs of a Revolutionary was cut by a fifth when it was first published in 1963. This new edition is the first in English to present the entirety of Serge’s book.

  • Published: 15 January 2012
  • ISBN: 9781590174517
  • Imprint: NY Review Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • RRP: $34.99
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VICTOR SERGE

Victor Serge (1890–1947) was born to Russian anti-czarist exiles. After enduring five years of prison in Paris for his anarchist beliefs, he moved to Russia to support the Bolshevik Revolution. Serge served as the editor of the journal Communist International, but was expelled from the Communist Party and imprisoned for his condemnation of Stalin’s growing power. His deportation to Central Asia spurred international protests which succeeded in securing his freedom. Serge lived in exile for the rest of his life and died in Mexico City. His great novels, Unforgiving Years and The Case of Comrade Tulayev, are published by NYRB Classics.

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