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At The Cafe

At The Cafe

Conversations On Anarchism

Errico Malatesta (Author); Paul Nursey-Bray (Translator)

  • Publisher: Freedom Press
  • Format: Book
  • Binding: pb
  • Pages: 160
  • Released: Jan 3, 2006
  • ISBN-13: 9781904491064


In 1897, while Malatesta was hiding from the police, he regularly went to a cafe in Ancona, Italy. He had shaved off his usual beard, but was still taking a risk. Especially as this wasn't an anarchist cafe, but had a variety of customers including the local policeman. The conversations he had in this cafe became the basis for the dialogs that make up this book, though it was a work he wasn't to complete till 1920 - several wars and revolutions later! For the first time here in English, Malatesta, in his usual commonsense and matter-of-fact style, sets out and critically analyses the arguments for and against anarchism. Translated and introduced by Paul Nursey-Bray, this is a classic defense of anarchism, that anticipates the rise of nationalism, fascism and communism.

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