Imatge de l'autor

Victor Serge (1890–1947)

Autor/a de The Case of Comrade Tulayev

62+ obres 2,972 Membres 37 Ressenyes 19 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Victor Serge (1890-1947), best known as a novelist, was an active participant in the anarchist movement before becoming a committed Bolshevik once he reached Russia in 1939. An eloquent critic of tyranny no matter its form, Serge was a leading member of the Left Opposition in its struggle against mostra'n més Joseph Stalin, a cause that ultimately resulted in his exile from Russia. Ian Birchall is an independent writer and translator. His translations from the French include the writings of Victor Serge and Alfred Rosmer. He is on the editorial board of Revolutionary History and is a long-standing member of the British Socialist Workers Party. mostra'n menys
Crèdit de la imatge: Victor Serge, early 1900s.


Obres de Victor Serge

The Case of Comrade Tulayev (1949) 747 exemplars, 11 ressenyes
Memoirs of a Revolutionary (1951) 456 exemplars, 7 ressenyes
Unforgiving Years (1932) 344 exemplars, 9 ressenyes
Conquered City (1932) 247 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Year One of the Russian Revolution (1965) 167 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Midnight in the Century (1939) 157 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Birth of Our Power (1931) 121 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Men in Prison (1931) 112 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Notebooks 1936-1947 (1985) 73 exemplars
From Lenin to Stalin (1937) 59 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Revolution In Danger (1998) 55 exemplars
Last Times (2022) 52 exemplars
Resistance (1989) 16 exemplars
The Serge-Trotsky Papers (1994) 14 exemplars
The Long Dusk (1946) 10 exemplars
Destiny of a revolution (1937) 9 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Russia Twenty Years After (1937) 9 exemplars
I maestri cantatori 6 exemplars
Portrait de Staline (1940) 5 exemplars
Literatura y revolucion (1901) 5 exemplars
La Rivoluzione russa (2021) 2 exemplars
Kronstadt 1921 2 exemplars
Le tournant obscur 2 exemplars
Geburt unserer Macht (1970) 1 exemplars
Lenin 1917 1 exemplars
Ako je ponoć u stoljeću (2023) 1 exemplars
Sobre a repressão 1 exemplars
De Weerspannige 1 exemplars
Tropique du nord (2003) 1 exemplars
*ANY 1 exemplars
Sle ulmer i en (2016) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (1993) — Col·laborador — 338 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
The Red Thread: Twenty Years of NYRB Classics: A Selection (2019) — Col·laborador — 58 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom oficial
Kibalchich, Victor Lvovich
Кибальчич, Виктор Львович
Altres noms
Le Rétif
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc de naixement
Brussels, Belgium
Lloc de defunció
Mexico City, Mexico
Causa de la mort
heart attack
Llocs de residència
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Berlin, Germany
Moscow, Russia
Brussels, Belgium
Mexico City, Mexico
Paris, Île-de-France, France (mostra-les totes 7)
Vienna, Austria
Sejourne, Laurette (wife)
Kibalchich Russakov, Vlady (son)
Bolshevik Party
Communist Party
Left Opposition
Bonnot Gang
Biografia breu
Born in Brussels into a family of Russian anti-tsarist émigrés, Victor Lvovich Kibalchich left home at age 15. He became an anarchist and moved to Paris, where he began to write and publish articles in newspapers. He was imprisoned for several years as a terrorist and after his release, went to Spain. It was about this time that he took the pen name Victor Serge. After the overthrow of Tsar Nicholas II, he decided to go to Russia, where he began to question the Bolshevik regime. He was expelled from the party, arrested as the leader of a "Trotskyite conspiracy," and eventual thrown out of the Soviet Union. Soviet agents continued to follow him for the rest of his life. Serge wrote several works of nonfiction, collections of essays, poems, and novels. His health weakened by years of struggle and poverty, he died of a heart attack in Mexico City in 1947. His book Memoirs of a Revolutionary, 1901-1941, was published in 1963.



Victor Serge a Fans of Russian authors (febrer 2023)
The Case of Comrade Tulayev a Fans of Russian authors (febrer 2016)


Disclaimer. I am a Victor Serge fan from his previous novel, The Case of Comrade Tuleyev. This novel works less effectively than the brilliant Tuleyev work. The Paris scenes of two justifiably paranoid spy-lovers who have left the service flows effectively, not nearly like the narration of the four doomed party stalwarts in Tuleyev. The shift to the character in the city during the the last days of Nazi Germany has a challenging ebb and flow. Some of it wonderful. When Serge shifts to comments on art in the midst of bombardments, I had to gird myself, not for tedium, but a detour which left me wondering why this section was not edited out. In reading the memorir of Olga Ivanskaya, I noted how Olga comments how she and Boris Pasternak decided to expunge a part where Boris writes about flowers on a gravesite signifying continued presence of the loved one. She quoted the passage. Beautiful and brilliant. It interrupted the narrative, Olga wrote. She and Boris agreed it needed to be edited out. Serge had not Olga Ivanskaya to help with such decisions. While not rising to the level of Tuleyev, this work by Victor Serge worth the read, espeically for those who love Serge's writing.… (més)
forestormes | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Feb 19, 2023 |
Unheralded superlative work. Craftsmanship excellent. Thoughts, feelings of characters well written. Tragedy portrayed with perfect distance from characters -- not too impersonal, but not so personal that you lose a sense of the objectivity of the tragic injustice. Serge expresses eloquently how devotion of a true believer allows intelligent revolutionaries to violate their innocence and confess. Not unrelated to contemporary culture. Serge preceded Solzhynitsyn, Shamalov, Pasternak, Olga Ivanskaya in their exposing the Soviet justice system. Particularly poignant was Serge's portrayal of Kondratiev's meeting with "the Chief." He never mentions Stalin's name. Serge connects and ties the novel together in the final short chapters. How an innocent, solitary bureaucrat gives a pistol to a party stalwart who impulsively shoots an apparatchik, only to activate the execution of innocent victims. Written over several years from Paris, Marseille, Dominical Republic and Mexico, this work stands out as memorable literature transcending its Stalinist setting. Serge died of heart attack in Mexico City, 1947. Like other fine writers who died early, this work makes you wish he had lived longer to write more.… (més)
forestormes | Hi ha 10 ressenyes més | Feb 4, 2023 |
La memoria es sesgada, selectiva; adorna, tamiza los hechos con el barniz del tiempo volcando las emociones e ideas del presente en los sucesos pasados.
Como todo libro de memorias, éste de Víctor Serge es, con seguridad, un ejercicio de desmemoria. No siempre consciente, no por falta de honestidad; es el tiempo transcurrido, la perspectiva los que transforman los hechos recordados.
Aún así, Serge nos ofrece unas estampas vívidas, por vividas, de la revolución rusa, de sus protagonistas (Lenin, Bujarin, Trotsky, Zinoviev,...), de los críticos, de la disidencia, del gulag. También de los movimientos revolucionarios en España, del frente populismo en Francia. Las páginas destilan amargura, desilusión, ironía al contemplar la ingenuidad pasada pero "¿Cuántos nombres, cuántas siluetas de un mundo desaparecido, la piedad del recuerdo quisiera retener aquí!"(pág. 185)
Junto a esta piedad la creencia en el ser humano, la esperanza, aún virgen pese a los acontecimientos vividos, en un futuro mejor "Con esta condición única, convertida en imperativo categórico: no renunciar jamás a defender al hombre contra los sistemas que planean la aniquilación del individuo" (pág. 461)
… (més)
GilgameshUruk | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Jul 17, 2022 |
Victor Serge is one of the great anti-Stalinist writers of the twentieth century, a man who paid a heavy price for his opposition to totalitarianism. One hesitates to criticise him for that very reason. And in this short book, he has a good excuse for getting some things wrong – the book was written as events were unfolding. He mentions some people being arrested in the Soviet Union, but isn’t aware that they were killed – or perhaps they were killed later. Though he’s aware of the terrible injustice suffered by the Old Bolsheviks, who were slaughtered by Stalin, he barely mentions the genocide of the Ukrainians, in which millions died. Maybe he didn’t know. He knows that the POUM is facing savage repression at the hands of the Spanish Stalinists and their NKVD handlers, but doesn’t yet know the fate of their leader, Nin, who was tortured and murdered. Serge’s ability to analyse and explain is hindered, not helped, by his unswerving loyalty to the dead Lenin and the still-living Trotsky, men who in his view seem to bear little connection to the horrors of the Soviet system. A well written and passionate book, but it will do little to enlighten readers today who have access to better histories, including Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago.… (més)
ericlee | Jun 14, 2022 |



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