Gregor Benton

Communism in words

Esperanto workers conference Poster

A brief history of Esperanto, the language intimately tied to the common destiny of the working class.

Introduction to ‘The Yenan Literary Opposition’ - Gregor Benton

The Yenan caves where the Red Army settled in the 1940s after the Long March

In the spring of 1942 a series of articles appeared in the Yenan press [see two of the texts here and here] which took as their theme the need to expose the ‘dark side’ of life in the Communist base areas of northern China. The authors of these articles saw themselves as upholders of the literary tradition of Lu Hsün, modern China’s best known literary figure, and used the tsa-wen—a laconic and fiercely critical essay form perfected by Lu Hsün—as their literary ‘dagger’.