Victor Serge The Course is Set on Hope

Susan Weissman (Author)


Publisher: Verso
Binding: hb
Pages: 320
Released: October 30, 2006
ISBN-13: 9781859849873

Victor Serge was, according to his friend Julian Gorkin, an "eternal vagabond in search of the ideal." A compelling figure and a hugely accomplished writer, his is the story of a "course set on hope," a pursuit of truth, dignity and human justice set against some of the most momentous events of the twentieth century. A Belgian-born Russian, Serge was twenty-eight when he first set foot in his homeland in 1919. Within months he had joined the Bolsheviks, and went on to participate in the first three Congresses of the Comintern before fighting in the siege of Petrograd. Because of his alliance with the Left Opposition, Serge was subjected to frequent arrests and narrowly escaped death during his eventual deportation from the Soviet Union in 1936. He remained in Paris until the Wehrmacht arrived in 1940, when he fled with his family to Marseille. Desperate for an exit visa, he was finally admitted to Mexico, where he died in poverty in 1947. Throughout his life Victor Serge wrote prolifically and tellingly of his times: novels and short stories as well as biographies of Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky, and an enormous archive of unpublished work including correspondence, polemics and essays. Susan Weissman's biography is the first to give due weight to the extraordinary commitment and optimism of this great political writer.
"An extraordinary intellectual accomplishment." — Michael Cox
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