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Victor Serge is the first answer.

But what other ones have my fellow ILB comrades read in this 'genre' of sorts that are any good at all!

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 28 March 2009 09:47 (thirteen years ago) link

Er, The Man Who Was Thursday? Presumably not the kind of book you're asking for, but it's a treat.

Øystein, Saturday, 28 March 2009 10:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Its not strictly what I was looking for, but its ok I like the Chesterton I've read.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 28 March 2009 10:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Search with extreme prejudice Q, and my brother assures me that 54 is just as good.

^^^ looks well sick in a u/v light (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 28 March 2009 12:08 (thirteen years ago) link

I like Serge, a family friend is an expert on him and has wrote a book on him etc.

Good bit of commie socialist realism that is actually enjoyable and not completely biased or one-sided about the Russian Civil War - And Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov.

Blackout Crew are the Beatles of donk (jim), Saturday, 28 March 2009 15:31 (thirteen years ago) link

The Great Andrei Platonov

Zeno, Saturday, 28 March 2009 23:09 (thirteen years ago) link

"I like Serge, a family friend is an expert on him and has wrote a book on him etc."

Cool, he is a truly interesting figure - almost certainly hunt down his memoirs and a couple of other novels.

Finished The Birth of our Power: the cast of characters, the places and people's minds move like lightning. Good stuff, even if scratchily organized - its v pulpy. Can't see a lefty activist writing with this kind of nervous energy now that's for sure.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 29 March 2009 22:35 (thirteen years ago) link

I once saw a group of Roombas mounted with speakers & webcams perform a communist play where they revolted and attacked the audience at the end.

20 HOOS poppin steens on kawasakis (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Sunday, 29 March 2009 22:48 (thirteen years ago) link

I wish I could remember what the play was called, the whole thing was pretty fuckin cool

20 HOOS poppin steens on kawasakis (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Sunday, 29 March 2009 22:53 (thirteen years ago) link

"Das Karpetal"

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Sunday, 29 March 2009 22:58 (thirteen years ago) link

I don't know what real "anarchists" would think about it but Ursula Le Guin's The Dispossessed is a science fiction novel that attempts to imagine a future anarchist utopia/dystopia.

ears are wounds, Monday, 30 March 2009 09:55 (thirteen years ago) link

I really like Pa Chin's "The Family", especially in combination with its introduction, written much later, which in essence apologises for not making the capitalist/patriarchal characters one-sided caricatures of eeeeevil.

horses that are on fire (c sharp major), Monday, 30 March 2009 11:47 (thirteen years ago) link

"I like Serge, a family friend is an expert on him and has wrote a book on him etc."

here's the book:

http://www.amazon.com/Victor-Serge-Course-Set-Hope/dp/1859849873/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238438175&sr=1-2

Blackout Crew are the Beatles of donk (jim), Monday, 30 March 2009 18:37 (thirteen years ago) link

Check out Moorcock's "Oswald Bastable" trilogy: "Warlord of the Air". "Land Leviathan" and "Steel Tsar" are a loving tribute to Verne and Wells Victorian era SF, though incorporating a thorough critique of their imperialist, racist and authoritarian tendencies, informed by his 60's Ladbroke Grove Anarchist perspective. Best thing he ever wrote IMHO - this is where Steampunk came from, and I've never seen it done any better. Should be a BBC TV series with a Doctor Who-sized budget, but that would need another alternative world.

Soukesian, Tuesday, 31 March 2009 22:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Moorcock's review of Pynchon's Against the Day appeared in the Daily Telegraph. It's reprinted at MM's official site. TP swiped a lot from MM, though the latter is too generous to carp about it.

alimosina, Tuesday, 31 March 2009 22:26 (thirteen years ago) link

I just finished Serge's Unforgiving Years, would definitely recommend it, though it's an awfully punishing book.

It's not a novel but Gustav Regler's The Owl of Minerva is amazing.

clotpoll, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 02:02 (thirteen years ago) link

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Star_(novel)

s.clover, Sunday, 5 April 2009 19:00 (thirteen years ago) link

twelve years pass...

This is a brilliant, thorough piece on Platonov that serves as a guide on what a communist novel/work might mean.

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/our-own-madness-our-own-absurd-andrei-platonov-vladimir-sharov-and-george-bernard-shaw/

xyzzzz__, Monday, 24 January 2022 13:43 (ten months ago) link

You know this one? Amazon pitch is actually pretty accurate re elements, although I haven't read this later translation:
Petersburg Paperback – January 6, 2009
by Andrei Bely (Author), John Elsworth (Translator)

"One of the four most important works of twentieth century literature." - Vladimir Nabokov

Set in the Russian capital during the Revolution of 1905, this modern classic often draws comparisons to James Joyce’s Ulysses for its display of symbolism and humor


After enlisting in a revolutionary terrorist organization, the university student Nikolai Apollonovich Ableukhov is entrusted with a highly dangerous mission: to plant a bomb and assassinate a major government figure.

But the real central character of the novel is the city of Petersburg at the beginning of the twentieth century, caught in the grip of political agitation and social unrest.

Intertwining the worlds of history and myth, and parading a cast of unforgettable characters, Petersburg is a story of apocalypse and redemption played out through family dysfunction, conspiracy and murder.
Winner of the 2009 Rossica Translation Prize

Wiki caveat re editions:
n 1922 Bely published in Berlin a revised edition which was shorter by a third than the first one. As Bely noted, "the new edition is a completely new book for the readers of the first edition". As critics note, in the Berlin version Bely has changed the foot of his rhitmic prose from anapaest to amphibrach and removed ironical passages related to the revolutionary movent. The second version is usually considered as inferior to the first one.[4]
Also I want to read The Silver Dove, which came before this one in his unfinished trilogy, East-West.
Lots of discussions online, though I'm mainly familiar with Marshall Berman's amazing All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, which depicts St. Petersberg as radicalizing many Russian mynds through early ages and stages of what became Revolution (incl. some stuff the Bolsheviks initially endorsed and/or took credit for).

dow, Monday, 24 January 2022 18:17 (ten months ago) link

Been a long time, but I also enjoyed the first English (Chevalier) translation of Malraux' La Condition humaine, as Man's Fate, with seemingly astute comments that didn't derail the momentum, actually charged it up even more.

dow, Monday, 24 January 2022 18:27 (ten months ago) link

"You know this one?"

Yeah, a long time ago. Can't remember enough about it.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 24 January 2022 21:15 (ten months ago) link

two months pass...

Another thing on Sharov (don't have access for the rest of the review) but I must try him sometime.

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/be-as-children-vladimir-sharov-book-review-muireann-maguire/

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 7 April 2022 14:48 (seven months ago) link

Intriguing, thanks!

dow, Friday, 8 April 2022 02:44 (seven months ago) link


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