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Anarchist Encounters
Anarchist Encounters

Anarchist Encounters

Russia in Revolution

Anarres Editions


200 Pages, 5.25 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $19.99 (US $19.99) (CA $26.99)

Publication Date: March 2018

ISBN 9780850367348

Rights: US & CA

Merlin Press (Mar 2018)

Price: $19.99


There was a general rejoicing when the regime of Tsar Nicholas II fell in February 1917, a new era of liberty dawned. But what would come next?This book presents sketches of encounters in the new Russia.•Emma Goldman relates her experiences of daily life, her meeting with Peter Kropotkin and tells the story of the life of Maria Spiridonova, a famous SR activist who escaped from a mental hospital where she had been locked up.•Gaston Leval and Angel Pestaña were members of a delegation from the Spanish CNT union and reported back on what they found, especially how trade unions functioned with policeman keeping order in union meetings. Armando Borghi tells of a meeting with Victor Serge.•Jack Wilkens wrote a series of articles for the French journal Le Libertaire. They tell of how Soviets functioned, of how workers live, of working conditions for men and women and of rural life

Author Biography

Emma Goldman was expelled from the USA in December 1919; J Edgar Hoover saw her, and her partner Alexander Berkman, as two of the most dangerous subversives in the USA. Goldman hoped to find a new beginning in Russia, but left disappointed two years later. Leval wrote on experiences of revolt and in Europe and Latin America for fifty years. He was somewhat critical of the Bolsheviks before he visited Russia. Pestaña was a journalist, union leader and a member of the Cortes the Spanish Parliament. he met with many senior figures and described his experiences. Jack Wilkens was a Spanish building living in France in 1919. He went to Russia as a supporter of the Bolshevik government but did not like what he found. He was killed in the fighting at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.