The Weight of the Stars The Life of Anarchist Octavio Alberola

Agustín Comotto (Author); Octavio Alberola (Subject)


Publisher: AK Press
Format: Book
Binding: pb
Pages: 348
Released: January 11, 2022
ISBN-13: 9781849354080

From the Spanish Civil War to the present day—the story of an exceptional life.

In this remarkable, layered biography, Comotto sits you at the feet of a veteran militant, as content to recall dramatic exploits as to discuss art, physics, family life, or political history. From his dealings with Guy Debord and the Situationists, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli (the Italian publisher who requested that Alberola’s group kidnap a Bolivian diplomat to save Che Guevara’s life), or anarchists avenging Franco’s despotism in Spain, we’re spellbound. A protagonist since his birth in 1928, Alberola’s conveys hard earned lessons. Most important of all: never countenance pessimism.

“Octavio Alberola is the red thread that unites and gives meaning to the anarchist struggles of the [Spanish] Republic, the anti-Franco struggle, the revolts and armed actions of the seventies, and even the new reformulations of anarchism in a globalized world. The story and the reflection on his life and times that this book, by Argentine writer and illustrator Agustín Comotto, presents allows—through the skillful use of two voices embodying two generations—a balanced analysis of the facts.... In addition, the book immerses us in the contradictions and doubts, certainties and ethical commitments ... that have always guided Alberola’s life and his perpetual reformulation of anarchist ideas and the meaning of the struggle.” — Xavier Montanyà, journalist, filmmaker, and author of Pirates of Freedom.

Agustín Comotto is an author and illustrator who was born in Argentina but moves around the world. He has drawn and/or written books in the U.S., France, Mexico, Argentina, and Spain. Winner of the A la Orilla del Viento award in Mexico, he is the author of, in English, Prisoner 155: Simón Radowitzky.

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