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December 21, 2023
Mitchell Abidor is a Brooklyn-based translator and the author of May Made Me: An Oral History of the 1968 Uprising in France (2018). His latest book is his translation, with Richard Greeman, of Victor Serge’s Notebooks 1936-1947 (2019). (May 2019)
Did Félix Fénéon plant a bomb at the Restaurant Foyot?
June 11, 2020 issue
What the Honest Capitalist Will Say
Give yourself, for starters, a capitalist honest enough to answer your questions and admit that he is driven to increase his fortune indefinitely, without pause and without respite. Ask him why he yields to this irresistible tendency. You will receive the following answers…
February 21, 2020
Reading Sade in the Age of Epstein
Reading Sade in the age of #MeToo and Jeffrey Epstein is an uncanny experience, for his novels are also a blueprint for the world of the sexual predators of today.
February 12, 2020
‘Les Temps Modernes’: End of an Epoch
Les Temps Modernes mattered because it dealt with grand issues in a world where change not only seemed possible but was thought to be imminent. Political and intellectual decisions had to be made, and the stakes felt high.
May 17, 2019
Victor Serge vs. Leftist Illusion
Victor Serge’s shift away from the stance of the revolutionary left grew sharper as World War II went on. The reality of this war, of this world, of the radical differences between 1917 and the 1940s, and Serge’s willingness to see these differences, forced him, unlike most of his comrades in exile, to completely revise his political vision.
February 28, 2019
1968: Paris in May
1968 was the definitive proof, if such were still needed, that the French Communist Party (PCF) had no interest in seizing power through revolution. But it also demonstrated that in this, the PCF was the perfect image of the class it represented, and vice versa.
April 19, 2018
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