One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich: A Novel

By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, H. T. Willetts

First released within the Soviet magazine Novy Mir in 1962, One Day within the lifetime of Ivan Denisovich stands as a vintage of latest literature. the tale of labor-camp inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, it graphically describes his fight to take care of his dignity within the face of communist oppression. An unforgettable portrait of the total international of Stalin's compelled paintings camps, One Day within the lifetime of Ivan Denisovich is without doubt one of the so much amazing literary records to have emerged from the Soviet Union and confirms Solzhenitsyn's stature as "a literary genius whose expertise fits that of Dosotevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy"--Harrison Salisbury

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Factory of Strategy: Thirty-Three Lessons on Lenin (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture)

By Antonio Negri

Factory of Strategy is the final of Antonio Negri's significant political works to be translated into English. Rigorous and available, it truly is either a scientific inquiry into the advance of Lenin's concept and an encapsulation of a serious shift in Negri's theoretical trajectory.

Lenin is the one famous flesh presser of the fashionable period to significantly query the "withering away" and "extinction" of the country, and prefer Marx, he famous the hyperlink among capitalism and glossy sovereignty and the necessity to damage capitalism and reconfigure the kingdom. Negri refrains from portraying Lenin as a ferocious dictator implementing the proletariat's reappropriation of wealth, nor does he depict him as a trifling army device of a leading edge against the Ancien Régime. Negri as an alternative champions Leninism's skill to evolve to various working-class configurations in Russia, China, Latin the United States, and in different places. He argues that Lenin built a brand new political figuration in and past modernity and an efficient association in a position to soaking up assorted historic stipulations. He finally urges readers to acknowledge the common software of Leninism this present day and its strength to institutionally―not anarchically―dismantle centralized power.

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Shanghai Redemption: An Inspector Chen Novel (Inspector Chen Cao)

For years, Chen Cao controlled to stability the pursuits of the Communist occasion and the guarantees made by way of his task. He used to be either a main Inspector of particular Investigations of the Shanghai Police division and the deputy occasion secretary of the bureau. He used to be thought of a possible emerging celebrity within the occasion till, after one too many debatable circumstances that embarrassed strong components within the social gathering, Chen Cao chanced on himself neutralized. below the guise of a huge merchandising, a brand new place with a considerable identify yet no energy, he is stripped of his activity tasks and remoted. that is nonetheless no longer sufficient, because it turns into more and more transparent that somebody is making an attempt to set him up for public shame and probably worse.

Chen Cao is technically accountable for the corruption case of a pink Prince - a strong, excessive occasion determine who embodies the ruthless ambition, greed, and corruption that's more and more obtrusive within the new China. This crimson Prince has the type of connections and tool to deflect any makes an attempt to deliver him to justice. Now, with out strength, few allies, and along with his personal acceptance at the line, the previous Inspector Chen is dealing with the main harmful research of his life.

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From Bakunin to Lacan: Anti-Authoritarianism and the Dislocation of Power

By Saul Newman

In its comparability of anarchist and poststructuralist suggestion, From Bakunin to Lacan contends that the main urgent political challenge we are facing this day is the proliferation and intensification of strength. Saul Newman ambitions the tendency of radical political theories and routine to reaffirm strength and authority, in numerous guises, of their very try and conquer it. In his exam of thinkers resembling Bakunin, Lacan, Stirner, and Foucault Newman explores very important epistemological, ontological, and political questions: Is the basic human topic the purpose of departure from which strength and authority will be antagonistic? Or, is the humanist topic itself a website of domination that has to be unmasked? because it deftly charts this debate's paths of emergence in political inspiration, the e-book illustrates how the query of crucial identities defines and re-defines the boundaries and chances of radical politics this present day.

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Totalitarianism and Political Religion: An Intellectual History

By A. James Gregor

The totalitarian structures that arose within the 20th century awarded themselves as secular. but, as A. James Gregor argues during this e-book, they themselves functioned as religions. He offers an highbrow heritage of the increase of those political religions, tracing a collection of principles that come with trust sure textual content includes impeccable truths; notions of infallible, charismatic management; and the promise of human redemption via strict obedience, selfless sacrifice, overall commitment, and unremitting labor.

Gregor offers detailed perception into the variations of Marxism, Fascism, and nationwide Socialism that ruled our rapid earlier. He explores the seeds of totalitarianism as secular religion within the nineteenth-century ideologies of Ludwig Feuerbach, Moses Hess, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Giuseppe Mazzini, and Richard Wagner. He follows the expansion of these seeds because the 20th century turned host to Leninism and Stalinism, Italian Fascism, and German nationwide Socialism—each a totalitarian establishment and a political religion.

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Revolutionary Apocalypse: Ideological Roots of Terrorism (Praeger Security International)

By Luciano Pellicani

Emerging from the cultural disaster produced through the nerve-racking develop of modernity, the pro progressive is one upset with the area. Incapable of accepting truth, he/she is confident that he/she has a systematic wisdom that resolves the puzzle of historical past and should lead to the construction of a paradise in the world. Pellicani info the background of the start of revolutionarism as a brand new kind of Gnosticism via a examine of the speculation, the association, and the perform of the Leninist social gathering and their undertaking to purify society by way of everlasting terrorism. He analyzes the reasons at the back of the cave in of the totalitarian procedure equipped by means of the Bolsheviks, and he offers new insights into figuring out the hot revival of the nihilistic anarchism of the Black Blocks in Europe and their violent assaults opposed to globalization and sleek civilization.

As Pellicani describes, the target of the pro innovative is the evangelical neighborhood, according to strategies of equality and common brotherhood. to arrive the specified aim, the innovative sees just one road-a warfare of annihilation opposed to the capitalists who're chargeable for the corruption of humanity. this can be the resource of the panthoclastic ardour of the Gnostic revolution: the complete global has to be destroyed to reach on the New international, the dominion of God with out God, Paradise on Earth.

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The Communist Hypothesis (Pocket Communism)

By Alain Badiou

“We comprehend that communism is the appropriate speculation. All those that abandon this speculation instantly surrender themselves to the industry economic climate, to parliamentary democracy—the kind of nation fitted to capitalism—and to the inevitable and ‘natural’ character of the main titanic inequalities.”—Alain Badiou

Alain Badiou’s “communist hypothesis,” first acknowledged in 2008, lower throughout the cant and compromises of the prior two decades to reconceptualize the Left. The speculation is a clean call for for common emancipation and a galvanizing name to fingers. someone considering the way forward for the planet must reckon with the guidelines defined inside of this e-book.

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Mao (Routledge Historical Biographies)

By Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch offers an attractive and thorough account of Mao's lifestyles and politics, using a wealth of fundamental and secondary assets. He locates Maoism within the broader context of 20th century chinese language historical past, discussing the advance of the chinese language Communist get together, the construction of the People's Republic of China and the Cultural Revolution, and the half performed by means of Mao within the chilly struggle. info of Mao's arguable deepest existence in addition to his political and philosophical inspiration upload to this varied photograph of the influential leader.

This well-written biography could be crucial examining to a person attracted to 20th century China and its so much memorable figure.

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The Left Side of History: World War II and the Unfulfilled Promise of Communism in Eastern Europe

In The Left facet of History Kristen Ghodsee tells the tales of partisans battling at the back of the strains in Nazi-allied Bulgaria in the course of global battle II: British officer Frank Thompson, brother of the nice historian E.P. Thompson, and fourteen-year-old Elena Lagadinova, the youngest lady member of the armed anti-fascist resistance. yet those humans weren't simply anti-fascist; they have been pro-communist, idealists moved by way of their socialist rules to struggle and infrequently die for a reason they believed to be correct. Victory introduced 40 years of communist dictatorship by means of unbridled capitalism after the autumn of the Berlin Wall in 1989. this present day in democratic japanese Europe there's ever-increasing melancholy, disenchantment with the post-communist current, and transforming into nostalgia for the communist previous. those phenomena are obscure within the West, the place “communism” is a filthy observe that's speedy equated with Stalin and Soviet exertions camps. via beginning with the tales of individuals like Thompson and Lagadinova, Ghodsee presents a extra nuanced knowing of ways communist beliefs may well encourage traditional humans to make remarkable sacrifices.

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