Available for the first time, Victor Serge's intimate account of the last decade of his life gives a vivid look into the Franco-Russian revolutionary's life, from his liberation from Stalin's Russia to his "Mexico Years," when he wrote his greatest works.
Victor Serge (1890-1947), born Victor Lvovich Kibalchich, was a Russian writer and revolutionary. His classic Memoirs of a Revolutionary and his last novels, Unforgiving Years and The Case of Comrade Tulayev, as well as his Conquered City and Midnight in the Century, are available as NYRB Classics. Richard Greeman has translated and written the introductions for five of Serge's novels (including Unforgiving Years and Conquered City). Mitch Abidor is a translator of French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Esperanto.
"[Serge was] an unparalleled witness, at least to his time. But he was an unpopular man. It's precisely what one might adore about him--the tolerance, the internationalism, the political sagacity, the ability to be both artist and doer, the attachment to the ideals of workers' democracy and freedom of thought--that galled many of his contemporaries." --Lorna Scott Fox, London Review of Books
"He was an eyewitness of events of world historical importance,
of great hope and even greater tragedy. His political recollections
are very important, because they reflect so well the mood of this
lost generation...." --Partisan Review
"Serge is one of the most compelling of twentieth-century ethical and literary heroes." --Susan Sontag