fiction

Conquered City - Victor Serge

Victor Serge's novel about the early days of the Bolshevik regime, written in 1932 in France after being expelled from the Soviet Union and part biographical.

Flame on the Snow - Victor Serge

A short story about the events of the Russian Revolution, written between 1920-21. Serge would write a more extensive novelization of this period in Conquered City.

Carbonia (We were all communists) - Nanni Balestrini

Nanni Balestrini, author of the intoxicating and maddening novel The Unseen, returns with yet another brilliant piece about class struggle in Europe. After a period of internment at a Nazi prison camp, Balestrini's narrator takes a job as a miner in the town of Carbonia -- from Germany to Italy to Australia, Balestrini's narrator remembers fighting with comrades against Nazi prison guards, cops, bosses, and scabs.

Self and other in Zionism: Palestine and Israel in recent Hebrew literature - Haim Bresheeth

Amos Oz.

Haim Bresheeth looks at perceptions of the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians through looking at Zionist Hebrew literature, particularly the writings of left-Zionist writers such as Amos Oz, pointing out the deep roots of Zionist racism and neo-colonial attitudes towards Palestinians.

To the honourable Miss S… and other stories - B Traven

A set of 15 short stories by the elusive libertarian communist author, B Traven, written while he was living in Munich in the run-up to and during World War I. With an introduction by Will Wyatt.

King Coal - Upton Sinclair

Upton Sinclair's first novel about the conditions of miners in America, and documents the strikes of 1914-15 in Colorado. Similar to The Jungle and its exposing of conditions and corruption in the Meat Packing centre of Chicago.

The fall revolution series - Ken Macleod

Fall Revolution Series is a tetralogy of science fiction novels by Ken Mcleod and include The Star Fraction, The Stone Canal, The Cassini Division and The Sky Road. The Cassini Division is set in a twenty-fourth century socialist society in which mankind has populated the solar system

Years of rice and salt - Kim Stanley Robinson

The Years of Rice and Salt is an alternative history novel published in 2002. Its working title was A World Without Europe. It explores the shape the world would have taken if 99% of the European population had been wiped out by the 14th Century Black Plague. It follows 700 years of human toil and development unto a time where world civilization is one step ahead of our own. Through monologues, discussions between characters and parallels with our world, the novel explores the way history is made and discusses ideas on the evolution of history and the purpose of civilization (if any).

Antarctica - Kim Stanley Robinson

Antarctica is Robinson's first novel published after the success of the Mars trilogy. However, because of the similarity in the themes of both works, Antarctica has been called "White Mars" by some. Antarctica describes the small Antarctic society and their struggle to keep Antarctica safe from the potential exploitation of its fossil fuel resources.

Our Temporary Supervisor - Thomas Ligotti

Thomas Ligotti

Thomas Ligotti is one of the greatest living authors of the Weird Tale. His take on the genre dominated by the right wing conservative HP Lovecraft takes a different approach. Referred to as "Corporate Horror" by some his more recent tales focus on the mind numbing horror of work in a capitalist society. Whilst never explicitly anti-capitalist, or even political, the horror here, whilst drenched in the supernatural, is found in the familiar. The familiar viewed from a slightly odd perspective, true, but familiar all the same.