Richard Greeman on Victor Serge and the Novel of the Revolution

Victor Serge and the Novel of Revolution
A public lecture by Richard Greeman, Serge biographer and translator

This second lecture is designed as a general introduction to the reading of Serge’s seven surviving novels. It outlines the origins of Serge’s literary vocation, places Serge as a cosmopolitan Francophone Russian modernist operating within brief post-revolutionary Soviet literary ‘renaissance,’ and traces the evolution of his two novel ‘cycles’—the ‘cycle of revolution’ and ‘the cycle resistance’—with their ironic themes of ‘victory-in-defeat’ and ‘defeat-in-victory.’

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