fiction

Review: Letters of Insurgents - Fredy Perlman

Freddy Perlman's Letters Of Insurgents is a thoroughly brilliant story about anarchist ideas. It takes the form of fictional letters between two eastern european workers who were separated after a failed revolution; one spent twelve years in statist jails, the other escaped to the west.

The Ghost, by Robert Harris (2008)

Tom Jennings chuckles at a recent New Labour rat leaving the sinking ship.

The Tin Roof Blowdown, by James Lee Burke (2007). Book review – Tom Jennings

The Tin Roof Blowdown, by James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke’s post-Katrina hardboiled crime novel, The Tin Roof Blowdown, exposes and critiques the responses to the disaster.

The trial - Franz Kafka

Kafka by Warhol

Franz Kafka's seminal novel, telling the tale of Joseph K, a respectable functionary in a bank, who is suddenly arrested and must defend his innocence against a charge about which he can get no information.

The Actor and the King - Ret Marut/B. Traven

A short story by the anarchist Ret Marut, who in later years became the well-known radical novelist B. Traven.

Assembly Line - B. Traven

Cover of Assembly Line pamphlet

This is an early Traven story, taken, in an uncredited translation, (probably by Traven himself - I have Anglicised the spelling) from The Night Visitor and other stories, Allison & Busby, 1983 - a volume long out of print. The original German version - Der Grossindustrielle - was first published by the Buchergilde Gutenburg in 1928, as part of the collection Der Busch.

News from Nowhere - William Morris

Morris's utopian dream of a communist society.