The Uncivil Servant: Revolutionary Bandits

by Mitchell Abidor   Discussed in this essay: Ballad of the Anarchist Bandits: The Crime Spree that Gripped Belle Epoque Paris, by John Merriman. Nation Books, 2017, 327 pages. FRENCH ANARCHISM, so important in the history of leftwing politics, giving the world Louise Michel and Sébastien Faure and providing a home to so many exiles, was […]

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The Uncivil Servant: Leonora Carrington’s Madness

by Mitchell Abidor Books discussed in this essay: Down Below by Leonora Carrington. NYRB Classics, 69 pages, 2017; The Milk of Dreams by Leonora Carrington. New York Review Children’s Collection, 54 pages, 2013 [first publication in English, 2017].   THERE ARE FEW more harrowing, more unromantic accounts of that too-often-romanticized experience that is madness than Leonora Carrington’s Down […]

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Staughton Lynd on Abidor’s Anarchists Never Surrender

Our contributing writer and Uncivil Servant Mitchell Abidor‘s translation of 20th-century revolutionary Victor Serge’s writing, Anarchists Never Surrender, was recently published by PM Press. Now Counterpunch has a deeply considered review of the collection by none other than Staughton Lynd, who writes that: “Anarchists Never Surrender offers precious documentation of Serge’s early career.” Lynd takes […]

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Le Groupe Manouchian

Betrayed Heroes of the French Resistance? by Mitchell Abidor From the Spring, 2015 issue of Jewish Currents IT WAS LATE FEBRUARY, 1944 when the German Occupation authorities in France decided that the time had come to stage the trial of a group of Resistance fighters they’d captured the previous autumn. Under ordinary circumstances, trials of […]

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