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Revolution In Danger
Upon arrival in Petrograd in 1919, Victor Serge – the great chronicler of the Russian Revolution – found a society nearly shredded to ribbons by civil war. In these essays he sketches a portrait of the darkest hours faced by the fledgling revolution, and defends the red terror against abstract criticisms as a regrettable, though unavoidable, product of horrible circumstances.

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  • Victor Serge, The Unconquered


    William Giraldi for The Baffler

    Some writers are destined to have two deaths—the first in life, and the second in memory. The lucky ones can be resurrected from that second death by cultural circumstance and the aid of overseeing angels, irked by injustice, believing these Lazaruses should be helped from their tombs. In 2004, Susan Sontag opened her essay “Unextinguished” with this query, much to the present case: “How to explain the obscurity of one of the most compelling of twentieth-century ethical and literary heroes, Victor Serge?”

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