Victor Serge

Bolshevik matters - Karl Kautsky

5 fragments of Kautsky on Bolshevik related matters published here for the first time.

[First fragment. Anecdote used in Von der Demokratie zur Staatssklaverei (1921), reply to Trotsky's Terrorism and Communism (Anti-Kautsky). This story is corroborated in "Dear Comrades: Menshevik Reports on the Bolshevik Revolution and the Civil War" (186-191 p.).]

Mensheviks and Denikin

Trotsky’s Defense. Response to Trotsky- Victor Serge

A short letter disputing Trotsky's attempts to shift the blame for the repression of the Kronstadt revolt.

In a note published in America at the end of July Leon Trotsky has finally spelled out his responsibilities in the Kronstadt episode.

Birth of Our Power - Victor Serge

Cover of birth of our power

Pan-European novel, taking us from the workers' stronghold of Barcelona at the end of the First World War where hopes for revolution are fueled by the news of revolution in Russia.

The Case of Comrade Tulayev - Victor Serge

Case of Comrade Tulayev cover

Masterful fictionalisation of the purges and how they affected the various character types in the political upheaval of Stalinist Russia.

The Bonnot Gang: The story of the French illegalists - Richard Parry

This is the story of the infamous Bonnot Gang: the most notorious French anarchists ever, and the inventors of the motorized get-away. It is the story of how the anarchist taste for illegality developed into illegalism - the theory that theft is liberating. And how a number of young anarchists met in Paris in the years before the first world war, determined to live their lives to the full, regardless of the inevitable - and tragic - consequences.

A gripping historical thriller, Parry narrates their lives and background - a Paris of riots, strikes and savage repression. A stronghold of foreign exiles and home-grown revolutionaries. Victor Serge and 'l'anarchie' the individualist weekly. Their robberies, daring and violent, would give them a lasting notoriety in France.

Victor Serge: Conscience of a revolution

A podcast on Victor Serge from Pacifica Radio's "Against the Grain" with Richard Greeman, translator, biographer and secretary of The International Victor Serge Foundation.

Tues 4.17.12 | Victor Serge: Conscience of a Revolution

Year one of the revolution - Victor Serge

Account of the Russian revolution written by Victor Serge, a Bolshevik who had become disillusioned with anarchism. We do not necessarily agree with it all but reproduce it for reference.

Taken from

Victor Serge: Totalitarianism and State Capitalism - Philippe Bourrinet

Complete text of Bourrinet’s presentation at the Victor Serge Symposium held in Moscow, September 29-30, 2001.


Victor Serge: Totalitarianism and State Capitalism (Socialist Deconstruction and Collectivist Humanism)

Translated from the Spanish translation by Margarita Díaz. Source: Online Edition,Andreu Nin Foundation, March 2002.

Revolution and Dictatorship - Luigi Fabbri

Victor Serge.

Essay by Luigi Fabbri analysing the Russian revolution and its authoritarian distortion by the Bolsheviks, with Victor Serge (the "anarchist who has forgotten his principles") singled out for special criticism.

Revolution and Dictatorship (On one anarchist who has forgotten his principles)

The Unhappy Elitist: Victor Serge's Early Bolshevism - Peter Sedgwick

Peter Sedgwick examines the early, often seemingly contradictory, politics of anarchist-turned Bolshevik Victor Serge.

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