Notebooks: 1934-1947 -

Notebooks: 1934-1947



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Translated from the French by Mitchell Abidor and Richard Greeman Victor Serge's "Notebooks" provide an intensely personal account of the legendary Franco-Russian writer and revolutionary's last decade. Begun after Serge was liberated from Stalin's Russia, they evoke Popular Front France, the Fall of Paris, the 'Surrealist Chateau' in Marseille, and the flight to the new world. They are replete with vivid life portraits (Gide, Breton, St.-Exupery, Levi-Strauss), moving evocations of fallen revolutionary comrades (Gramsci, Nin, Radek, Trotsky) and of doomed colleagues among the Soviet writers (Fedin, Pilniak, Mandelstam, Gorky). Serge's Mexican "Notebooks" provide a fascinating account of his exploration of pre-Columbian cultures, his preoccupation with earthquakes and volcanoes, his sympathetic curiosity for the indigenous peasants. They also portray political and cultural figures in Mexico City, from the exiles' psychoanalytic circle, to painters like Dr. Atl and Leonora Carrington and poets like Octavio Paz, while painting a vivid self-portrait and conveying the intense loneliness Serge also felt in these years, cut off as he was from Europe, deprived of a political platform, , prey to angina attacks and anxiously in love with a younger woman.

Product code: 9781681372709

ISBN 9781681372709
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H201xW130
Edition Main
Publisher The New York Review of Books, Inc
No. Of Pages 672