Witness to the German Revolution
Following in the wake of the carnage reaped upon Europe by WWI, German workers undertook a struggle that would prove decisive in determining the course of the entire 20th century. In 1923 the fledgling Comintern dispatched Victor Serge, and his peerless journalistic skills, to Berlin to expedite the German Revolution and, ultimately, the demise of capitalism.
"The novels, poems, memoirs and other writings of Victor Serge are among the finest works of literature inspired by the October Revolution that brought the working class to power in Russia in 1917. But young radicals often have only a vague sense of him -- and sometimes not even that. The appearance of two collections of his work in Haymarket editions is a welcome development. It's never too late for activists to discover Serge, but when you do, it feels like a revelation ... His articles -- like the work of John Reed, his American friend -- let us follow revolutionary events as they unfold, as seen through he eyes of an exceptionally alert journalist ... Serge is sensitive to the shifts in mood and outlook among people that take place during social upheaval. Such transformations, while very rapid, are also very deep.
With Serge, you feel that. And he had the talent, as well as the courage, to record the changes within himself that happened along the way."
-Scott McLemee, socialistworker.og