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Victor Serge: Notebooks 1936 to 1947 a close reading

Sat, April 17 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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An event every week that begins at 10:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, July 3, 2021

$55 – $85

Opening Session with translator Mitch Abidor
April 17, 10:30 am to 12 noon NYC EST • 3:30 to 5:00 pm GMT 

“My conception of writing was and still is that it needs a mightier justification: as a means of expressing to men what most of them live inwardly without being able to express, as a means of communion, a testimony to the vast flow of life through us, whose essential aspects we must try to fix for the benefit of those who will come after us. In this respect, I belonged to the tradition of Russian writing.” —Victor Serge

In this session, we will read Notebooks 1936-1947 written during the last ten years of Serge’s life while in exile in Mexico.  The Notebooks document not only the personal and political costs of Serge’s commitment to the truth of the 1917 Revolution, but the deep and rewarding insights of Serge’s intellect that had been freed by creative and radical political thought. In the Notebooks, Serge comments upon the battles of World War II, the movement of armies and political powers, while also observing the landscape of Mexico. A youthful Anarchist and former press director of the Comintern, Serge seems to have known every left political actor and writer of note in pre-World War II Europe. Serge’s ability to characterize and describe these political actors enlivens his writing into more than reportage and becomes the document of a deeply feeling observer and participant committed to “the “underlying revolutionary principle of double duty: to defend the revolution from its external enemies and its internal enemies (intolerance, bureaucracy, corruption.)”

Serge’s life was difficult: He found it “[t]erribly difficult” to create in the void, lacking the least support, the least real environment. “Serge’s work, inspired by the political intellects and movements that led to the promise of the 1917 Revolution, challenges our daily experience of life under capitalism.  Studying his words can inspire us to be creative in a commitment to Marxist politics and to try to find an understanding of art and writing equal to Serge’s:



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