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PERLMAN, Fredy Letters of Insurgents

Thursday 27 July 2017, by ps

- (attributed to S. Nachalo & Y. Vochek), Black and Red (Detroit), 1976.


- Left Bank Books, 2014. 832 p. ISBN-13: 9780939306053

Freddy Perlman’s Letters Of Insurgents is a thoroughly brilliant story about anarchist ideas. It takes the form of fictional letters between two eastern european workers who were separated after a failed revolution; one spent twelve years in statist jails, the other escaped to the west. After twenty-five years without contact, they begin to write each-other about their experiences, their lives, their hopes, and their memories of the past. The characters that emerge from these narratives tell a story that is both incredibly subtle and infinitely complex. Nothing is taken for granted, no assumptions are left unchallenged, and the reader is left with a set of questions that only a story about relationships could present.

You can listen to the audiofiles at Audioanarchy or read the book at Anarchist Library