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REVOLUTION AND EVERYDAY STRUGGLE by Errico Malatesta (Translated by Paul Sharkey). Kindle, Kobo and MOBI.

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Aug 292015
 

MalatestacoverREVOLUTION AND EVERYDAY STRUGGLE by Errico Malatesta (appx 266 pp) Translated by Paul Sharkey. Check out all Christiebooks titles HERE UK : £2.55 ; USA : $4.00 FRANCE : €3.51 ; GERMANY : €3.51 ; SPAIN : €3.51 ; ITALY: €3.51 ; NETHERLANDS : €3.51  ; JAPAN : ¥ 488CANADA : CDN$ 5.28 ; BRAZIL : R$ 14.00 ; AUSTRALIA : $5.47 ; INDIA : R263 ; MEXICO : $67.95  ChristieBooks on KOBO  — REVOLUTION AND EVERYDAY STRUGGLE by Errico Malatesta, £2.50 For a MOBI or other eBook file — PAYPAL to christie@btclick.com

Errico Malatesta (1853-1932) is, undoubtedly, one of the ” giants ” of the 19th century revolutionary movement— an agitator, man of action and a thought-provoking writer. Malatesta was active in the international anarchist movement both as activist and propagandist for nearly sixty years. As a glance through the archives of the anarchist press of the time will show, he was one of the movement’s most respected members, as well as one of its most controversial. He was active in many parts of the world, as well as the editor of a number of Italian anarchist journals, including the daily Umanita Nova. Half his life was spent in exile and the respect he was accorded by governments is insanely evidenced by the fact that he spent more than ten years in prison, mainly awaiting trial. Juries, by contrast, showed a different respect by almost always acquitting him, recognising that the only galantuomo, that the only honest man, was the one facing them in the prisoners’ cage!

Yet if there is merit in his ideas, it is through his experience in the day-to-day struggle and his identification with the working people as one of them. Malatesta had no illusions about the ” historic role of the masses”; he shared and understood their lives and reactions. But because he also understood how their oppressors “reasoned”, and how the “in-betweeners ” preached what they were too privileged, socially and materially, to practise, he expected more from the organised workers. Nevertheless he directed his propaganda to all men of good-will.

The texts in this anthology — from Gino Cerrito’s 1982 selection, Rivoluzione e lotta quotidiana — have never before been published in English, including in Vernon Richards’ ‘Malatesta. His Life and Ideas’ or, indeed, in David Turcato’s more recent anthology ‘The Complete Works of Malatesta’.

 

Malatesta (1970 Peter Lilienthal and Heathcote Williams) from Stuart Christie on Vimeo.

 

 

 

SURREALISM IN THE SERVICE OF THE FANTASTIC Jean Rollin, a ‘Parallel’ Director in Libertarian French Cinema by Isabelle Marinone

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Aug 272015
 

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What dyed-in-the-wool cinephiles have always stupidly misinterpreted as amateurism, nonchalance or ineptitude on Rollin’s part (his disregard for linearity and logic, the influence of theatricality and pataphysics on his thoughts about directing, his well-meaning curiosity for erotic deviancy, his passion for the melodramatic) comes fully into its own as an aesthetic and, may we say, ideological option […] We are transported simultaneously into a Clovis Trouille painting or a Gaston Leroux novel, into a Max Ernst collage and a Grand Guignol play, into the gaudy cover of some old Fantômas and an episode from a silent serial, into The Castle of Otranto and the cavern of The Phantom in Bengal. Swimming against the tide of pyrotechnics in movies that confuse car chases and action, conventions and daring innovations, and digital trickery and mise en scène, Jean Rollin steers us back towards cinema. Genuine cinema, the sort that can make us shudder and cry, the sort that can leave us walking on air.

Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, “La Fiancée de Dracula”, foreword to Pascal Françaix’s Jean Rollin, cinéaste écrivain (Paris: Éditions Films ABC, 2002)

MELCHOR RODRÍGUEZ (‘El Ángel Rojo’) and ‘Los Libertos’ by Alfonso Domingo. Translated by Paul Sharkey (Kindle, Kobo and MOBI editions)

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Aug 262015
 

MelchorRod1MELCHOR RODRÍGUEZ (‘El Ángel Rojo’) and ‘Los Libertos’ by Alfonso Domingo (Translated by Paul Sharkey)  Check out all Christiebooks titles HERE UK : £1.27 ; USA : $2.00 FRANCE : €1.76 ; GERMANY : €1.76 ; SPAIN : €1.76 ; ITALY: €1.76 ; NETHERLANDS : €1.76  ; JAPAN : ¥ 244CANADA : CDN$ 2.64 ; BRAZIL : R$ 7.00 ; AUSTRALIA : $2.73 ; INDIA : R132 ; MEXICO : $33.97  ChristieBooks on KOBO  — MELCHOR RODRÍGUEZ (‘El Ángel Rojo’) and ‘Los Libertos’ — For a MOBI or other eBook file — PAYPAL to christie@btclick.com

A portrait of Melchor Rodríguez García (also known as El Ángel Rojo – ‘The Red Angel’; 1893, —February 14, 1972) — a former bullfighter — he was a Spanish anarcho-syndicalist of the CNT-FAI (Iberian Anarchist Federation), and the Director-General of Prisons in Madrid during the early part of the Spanish Civil War. He was responsible not only for the prisoners’ security and prevention of escapes, but – more importantly – for preventing their extra-judicial murder by political opponents and vigilante lynch mobs. The most notable of such incidents occurred following an air raid on Alcalá de Henares air base. A group of protesters, some of whom were armed, arrived at the prison, stormed the gates and demanded that the cells be opened and the nationalist prisoners be handed to the crowd. Melchor Rodríguez appeared in the prison, ordered the crowd to disperse and even announced that he would rather arm the prisoners than hand them over to the mob. Among the saved prisoners were rightist General Valentín Gallarza, notable football player Ricardo Zamora, politician Ramón Serrano Súñer, Rafael Sánchez Mazas and Raimundo Fernández-Cuesta. During his term in office, Melchor Rodríguez García also revealed that José Cazorla Maure, a counsellor of state security of the Council of Defence of Madrid organized a net of private, illegal prisons (chekas) run by the Communist Party of Spain. Later in the war he became one of Madrid’s counsellors, on behalf of the Iberian Anarchist Federation, and after the fall of Madrid in 1939, as Mayor, he officially passed the city administration over to the Francoist victors.

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NATIONALISM AND CULTURE by Rudolf Rocker (Translated by Ray E. Chase) Kindle and Kobo editions (£2.25 ;$4.00 ;€3.51)

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Aug 252015
 

RockerCover2NATIONALISM AND CULTURE by Rudolf Rocker (Translated by Ray E. Chase)  Complete edition (Books I & II, with all 27 chapters, including bibliography and index. Appx. 713 pp) NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE and KOBO.  Check out all Christiebooks titles HERE UK : £2.25 ; USA : $4.00 FRANCE : €3.51 ; GERMANY : €3.51 ; SPAIN : €3.51 ; ITALY: €3.51 ; NETHERLANDS : €3.51  ; JAPAN : ¥ 488CANADA : CDN$ 5.28 ; BRAZIL : R$ 14.00 ; AUSTRALIA : $5.47 ; INDIA : R263 ; MEXICO : $67.95  ChristieBooks on KOBO  — NATIONALISM AND CULTURE, £2.50

Nationalism and Culture is a detailed and scholarly study of the development of nationalism and the changes in human cultures from the dawn of history to the present day and an analysis of the relations of these to one another. It tells the story of the growth of the State and the other institutions of authority and their influence on life and manners, on architecture and art, on literature and thought. Nationalism and Culture is, primarily, a 600-page (appx 713pp on Kindle/Kobo) exploration of the origins and development of nationalism, and a scathing denunciation of the corrosive effect of national feeling on the human spirit. Yet it is one of those works, like The Anatomy of Melancholy (Robert Burton, 1621), that springboard from their stated purpose to discourse on everything under the sun. Architecture is analyzed, socialism is defended, and Rembrandt’s paintings are scrutinized at length. It is at once a treatise on the state’s relationship with culture and a manifesto for an enlightened leftism. Most of all, it is a clear-eyed plea for sanity at a moment when nationalist and religious irrationalism threatened to swallow the globe. It could not be more relevant. Rocker’s thesis is straightforward: Nations are the products of states, rather than vice versa. They are manufactured to serve the goals of the powerful, to divide human beings and keep them from recognizing their common interests. Rocker argues this point with a litany of historical examples, from the Renaissance to “the stupid and stumbling provisions of the Versailles treaty.”

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RACE MADNESS by Camillo Berneri (Translated by Paul Sharkey) Kindle and Kobo editions

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Aug 172015
 

RaceMadnessRACE MADNESS by Camillo Berneri (Translated by Paul Sharkey)  NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — READ INSIDE.  Check out all Christiebooks titles HERE UK : £1.92 ; USA : $3.00 FRANCE : €2.70 ; GERMANY : €2.70 ; SPAIN : €2.70 ; ITALY: €2.70 ; NETHERLANDS : €2.70  ; JAPAN : ¥ 373CANADA : CDN$ 3.93 ; BRAZIL : R$ 10.45 ; AUSTRALIA : $4.06 ; INDIA : R195 ; MEXICO : $49.12  ChristieBooks on KOBO  — RACE MADNESS £2.00

A 1934 essay by Italian anarchist Camillo Berneri (1897-1937) exploring the contentious issue of eugenics, race and racial prejudice in pre-war Europe and the United States, the so-called advanced nations. In Austria, in October 1933, the courts granted a divorce in a marriage contracted between an Aryan and a Jewess, in a verdict in which the grounds cited include incompatibility deriving from race difference between the spouses, a difference that ought “in a symbiosis as close as marriage, inevitably trigger profound frictions.” In Lithuania the National Socialist Party there called for a ban on marriages between Jews and non-Jews. In France a blatantly racist and anti-semitic Celtic League was launched while in the United States of America there were laws banning marriages between blacks and whites, there are universities closed to black students and anthropologists who talk of an American race (not to mention lynching!). And, in Italy, the Italian nationalist press included La Razza, La Stirpe, Il Grido della Stirpe, etc…

PRISIONERO DE FRANCO Los anarquistas en la lucha contra la dictadura Miguel García García (Traducción y notas de José Ignacio Álvarez Fernández) Kindle and Kobo editions

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Aug 152015
 

MiguelCoverSpanishsmallPRISIONERO DE FRANCO Los anarquistas en la lucha contra la dictadura por Miguel García García (Traducción y notas de José Ignacio Álvarez Fernández)  NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — READ INSIDECheck out all Christiebooks titles HERE UK : £2.58 ; USA : $4.02 FRANCE : €3.56 ; GERMANY : €3.56 ; SPAIN : €3.56 ; ITALY: €3.56 ; NETHERLANDS : €3.56  ; JAPAN : ¥ 497CANADA : CDN$ 5.25 ; BRAZIL : R$ 14.03 ; AUSTRALIA : $5.39 ; INDIA : R255 ; MEXICO : $64.63  ChristieBooks on KOBO  — PRISIONERO DE FRANCO Los anarquistas en la lucha contra la dictadura £2.50

El presente testimonio narra la aventura vital del joven libertario Miguel García, fallecido en Londres en 1981. Miguel García forma parte de una generación excepcional de combatientes que dedicaron su vida a luchar contra el fascismo y a lograr una sociedad más justa y libre. Este testimonio, aparecido en Inglaterra en 1972 bajo el título de Franco’s Prisoner, y nunca antes publicado en español. En él García rememora sus años de lucha durante la guerra civil, su internamiento en diferentes campos de concentración, y su participación en la resistencia antifranquista formando parte del grupo guerrillero Talión, motivo por el que será condenado a la pena de muerte en 1952 y que posteriormente le fue conmutada. En total veinte años de penalidades en las mazmorras de la dictadura hasta su excarcelación en 1969. El horror y la brutalidad del universo totalitario franquista que aparece retratado en este libro nos confronta con el destino de los perdedores, de los vencidos, tan alejado del fulgurante triunfo, y con la disyuntiva de cómo sobrevivir y mantener viva la esperanza después de una derrota que supuso el fin del sueño igualitario por el que habían luchado millones de liberales, republicanos, marxistas y libertarios españoles. — José Ignacio Álvarez Fernández

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PERE BOADAS Pioneer of the anarcho-syndicalist action groups in 1920s Barcelona by Josep A Carreras (Translated by Paul Sharkey)

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Aug 102015
 

BoadasPERE BOADAS Pioneer of the anarcho-syndicalist action groups in 1920s Barcelona by Josep A Carreras (Translated by Paul Sharkey — Kindle and Kobo editions)
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1920 Pere Boada Ribas, anarcosindicalista

Pedro Boadas, police mugshot 1920s

PERE (PEDRO) BOADAS I RIVAS was born in Barcelona in 1894 and died in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1972. Together with Medir Mart and Pere Vandellós, he was one of the leaders of the first anarcho-syndicalist action group organised in Catalonia from late 1917 onwards, before the six-year period of “pistolerismo” erupted in Barcelona. He can, therefore, be regarded as the pioneer of those Barcelona anarcho-syndicalist action groups of which so much has been said; though little is known about the individual protagonists themselves.

From 1917 to 1924, when he was arrested for the last time in Barcelona, Pere Boadas was the coordinator of the many action groups that emerged in the course of the social warfare between anarcho-syndicalist activists and the employers’ and police gunmen.

In 1927 he emerged from prison and, after a trip to Paris in 1928, he emigrated to Montevideo in Uruguay where he contacted the expropriator anarchist action groups carrying out holdups for the cause; the most active and most wanted of these groups in both Uruguay and Argentina was the one led by Miguel Arcángel Roscigno.

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SPANISH DIARY A Swiss ‘miliciano’s’ war diary of the Aragon Front and Barcelona’s ‘May Days’ by Edi Gmür. Translated by Paul Sharkey (Kindle and Kobo editions)

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Aug 032015
 

War DiarySPANISH DIARY A Swiss ‘miliciano’s’ war diary of the Aragon Front and Barcelona’s ‘May Days’ by EDI GMÜR (with commentary by Marianne Enckell of the Centre International de Recherches sur l’Anarchisme, CIRA. Translated from the French by Paul Sharkey — Kindle and Kobo editions)
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Barcelona, July 1937: Waldemar Krafft, Zita Gmür-Schulz, Edi Gmür

fernandIn December 1936 Swiss greengrocer and communist sympathizer Edi Gmür and three friends left Zurich for Spain in a rented car. In Barcelona they joined the “German centurie” of the Deutsche Anarcho -Syndikalisten Gruppe (Die Gruppe DAS) of the International Group of the Durruti Column, thereby escaping incorporation into the Comintern-controlled International Brigades. Gmür was one of 800 Swiss volunteers who fought in Spain in the libertarian militia columns or the International Brigades. This is his war diary of the period from December 1936 until the sabotaged Spanish Revolution finally collapsed in August 1937.

Lives well-lived 1: Higinio Carrocera — The Hero of El Mazucu a profile by Fernando Romero (translated by Paul Sharkey)

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Jul 262015
 

Higinio Carrocera (1908-1938)

Higinio Carrocera Mortera was born in Barros (Langreo) in January 1908, five years after the launch of the ‘La Justicia’ Workers’ Club, an atheneum organised by the workers of the Duro Felguera engineering company. It was here that Carrocera – as with many other libertarians – learned to read. Gijón and La Felguera were the two strongholds of the anarcho-syndicalist CNT in the predominantly socialist (UGT) Asturias. It was in this anarchist setting that Higinio grew up to become a champion of “The Idea” that Ricardo Mella had spread so successfully while in Asturias.

During the Primo de Rivera dictatorship (1923) the young 15-year-old Carrocera began attending workers’ rallies and became involved in labour disputes. By the end of the dictatorship the name of Higinio Carrocera was well-known at public meetings because of his charisma and his organisational abilities.

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I COULDN’T PAINT GOLDEN ANGELS. Sixty Years of Commonplace Life and Anarchist Agitation by Albert Meltzer (Kindle and Kobo editions)

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Jul 252015
 

GoldenAngelsI COULDN’T PAINT GOLDEN ANGELS. Sixty Years of Commonplace Life and Anarchist Agitation by Albert Meltzer (Kindle and Kobo editions)
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Albert Meltzer (1920–1996) was involved, actively, in class struggles since the age of 15; exceptional for his generation in having been a convinced anarchist from the start, without any family background in such activity. A lively, witty account of sixty years in anarchist activism, and a unique recounting of many struggles otherwise distorted or unrecorded, including the history of the contemporary development of anarchism in Britain and other countries where he was involved, notably Spain. His story tells of many struggles, including for the first time, the Anglo-Spanish cooperation in the postwar anti-Franco resistance and provides interesting sidelights on, amongst others, the printers’ and miners’ strikes, fighting Blackshirts and the battle of Cable Street, the so-called Angry Brigade activities, the Anarchist Black Cross, the Cairo Mutiny and wartime German anti-Nazi resistance, the New Left of the 60s, the rise of squatting—and through individuals as varied as Kenyata, Emma Goldman, George Orwell, Guy Aldred, and Frank Ridley—all of which have crowded out not only his story, but his life too.

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Albert002In spite of the self-effacing sub-title, the life of Albert Meltzer was far from “commonplace”. It is a witty account of the never-ending and tireless struggle — sometimes Herculean, sometimes Schvejkian — against the hydra-headed nonentities who seek to impose their order and their certainties on the universe.

Since his schooldays, throughout his working life and in “retirement”, anarchism was the guiding star which fuelled Albert’s thankfully incurable and infectious optimism and faith in the ultimate common sense of humanity. He was a worker, active in trade unionism, a tireless but unpaid editor, a traveller, a public speaker and a challenger of humbug. His character, ideas, good humour (mostly) and generosity of spirit have touched and influenced many people in many lands during the past sixty years. I am grateful to have been one of those links in the chain. Others, some of the many younger people Albert inspired, will undoubtedly be the future torchbearers of anarchism — a vision of a free, just and self-managed society — in the twenty-first century.

However did Albert Meltzer get to be one of the most enduring figures in the active international anarchist movement in the second half of the twentieth century? How did his commitment to anarchism survive the destruction of the Revolution and defeat in the Civil War in Spain? How did it survive the Second World War? What was the anarchist contribution to the revolutionary impetus of the 1960s and 1970s? How did it respond to the more demanding reactionary challenges of the 1980s and 1990s? These are important questions with a valuable bearing on the human condition in this century. “I Couldn’t Paint Golden Angels” does not provide any easy answers but it does provide sharp and invaluable insights into how anarchists are formed and sustained — unpretentious, without illusions, prepared for everything and forgetting nothing. — Stuart Christie

The obscure title may require some explanation, inasmuch as the following introductory paragraph was accidentally omitted from the printed version: “A nineteenth century sentimental love lyricist of German poetry, who was also its sharpest political satirist, wrote a book of art criticism in Paris. He said he was determined to keep to the one subject, but the revolutions of that year broke out and he could not help bringing in his political prejudices and sympathies. He compared himself with an “honest fellow-tradesman”, a signwriter whose speciality was to paint red lions. Offered a commision to paint a golden angel as a house sign, he declined, saying he was only capable of painting a red lion, and if he attempted to paint a golden angel it would turn out to look like a red lion just the same. This was intended to be by way of being an account of an untypical working life, far from golden and never angelic but I couldn’t keep the red lion of anarchist history from emerging”

Albert Meltzer