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"Under the Blows of the Counterrevolution" by Nestor Makhno

category russia / ukraine / belarus | history of anarchism | news report author Wednesday April 07, 2010 22:10author by Black Cat Pressauthor email blackcatpress at interbaun dot com Report this post to the editors

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"Under the Blows of the Counterrevolution" is the second volume of Nestor Makhno's memoirs which describes Makhno's odyssey through revolutionary Russia in the spring of 1918. It is the first English translation of this book.

Under the Blows of the Counterrevolution

by Nestor Ivanovich Makhno

Nestor Makhno (1888-1934) was a peasant anarcho-communist who organized an experiment in anarchist values in practice in southeast Ukraine during the Russian Revolution and Civil War.

This is the second volume of his memoirs, originally published in France in 1936 and published in English here for the first time.

"Under the Blows of the Counterrevolutio"n describes Makhno's odyssey through revolutionary Russia in the spring of 1918. Driven from his Ukrainian village by a German invasion, he wandered through a nation torn by civil war, encountered various remarkable personalities, and survived hair-raising adventures.

This volume has interested historians mainly because of Makhno's account of his interview with Lenin, but it also contains much valuable eye-witness information about a period of Soviet history which was later almost completely rewritten in officially sanctioned accounts.

The book (214 pp.) includes the original preface and notes by Makno's sometime colleague Vsevolod Volin together with photos, maps, glossary, explanatory notes, appendix, etc. English translation and editing by Malcolm Archibald..

ISBN 978-0-9737827-5-2

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