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Birth of Our Power


Manufacturer: PM Press

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'Birth of Our Power is an epic novel set in Spain, France, and Russia during the heady revolutionary years 1917-1919. Serge's tale begins in the spring of 1917, the thrid year of mass slaughter in the blood- and rain-soaked trenches of World War I. When the flames of revolution suddenly erupt in Russia and Spain, Europe is burning at both ends. Although the Spanish uprising eventually fizzles, in Russia the workers, peaseants, and common soldiers are able to take power and hold it.
'Serge's tale of two cities is constructed from the opposition bethween Barcelona, the city "we" could not take, and Petrograd, the starving, beleagured capital of the Russian Revolution besieged by the counterrevolutionary Whites. From the romanticism of radicalized workers awakening to their own power in a sun-drenched Spanish metropolis to the grim reality of workers clinging to power in Russia's dark, frozen revolutionary outpost. From "victory in defeat" to "defeat in victory".
'A decade after the revolution in Leningrad, Serge returned to writing upon his release from a GPU prison in Soviet Russia, where he was arrested as an anti-Stalinist subversive in 1928. He completed Men in PrisonBirth of Our Power, and Conquered City in semi-captivity before he was rearrested and deported to the Gulag in 1933.'

Victor Serge, translated and introduced by Richard Greeman. PM Press, 2014.

Product Code: 9781629630304

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