Durruti in the Spanish revolution - Abel Paz

Buenaventura Durruti

Buenaventura Durruti was the ultimate working-class hero: carrying the future in his heart and a gun in each pocket. Abel Paz's magnificent biography resurrects the very soul of Spanish anarchism.

The new, unabridged translation of the definitive biography of Spanish revolutionary and military strategist, Buenaventura Durruti. Abel Paz, who fought alongside Durruti in the Spanish Civil War, has given us much more than an account of a single man’s life. Durruti in the Spanish Revolution is as much a biography of a nation and of a tumultuous historical era. Paz seamlessly weaves intimate biographical details of Durruti’s life—his progression from factory worker and father to bank robber, political exile and, eventually, revolutionary leader—with extensive historical background, behind-the-scenes governmental intrigue, and blow-by-blow accounts of major battles and urban guerrilla warfare. An amazing and exhaustive study of an incredible man and his life-long fight against fascism in both its capitalist and Stalinist forms.

Paz - Durruti in the Spanish Revolution.pdf13.15 MB
Paz - Durruti in the Spanish Revolution (no front cover for online reading).pdf12.83 MB
Durruti in the Spanish Revolution - Abel Paz.epub28.9 MB

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working class s...
Dec 3 2012 23:55


  • We are not in the least afraid of ruins. We are going to inherit the earth; there is not the slightest doubt about that. The bourgeoisie might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history. We carry a new world here, in our hearts. That world is growing in this minute.

    Buenaventura Durruti


Dec 4 2012 06:56

WOW thanks for this. This is such a good read so thanks for making it more accessible.

Chilli Sauce
Dec 4 2012 10:32


I've been meaning to read this forever. Thanks WCSO.

working class s...
Dec 4 2012 11:03

I tried sorting the size out but couldn't work out how to save at the correct size, Everytime I saved it the doc reverted back to the small size. It automatically made it the correct size on my kindle...

Dec 4 2012 11:59

Nice one! I have put on an alternate version not including the front cover for ease of reading online.

Feb 13 2013 21:46

Are all the images right in this? A bunch of photos of documents appear to me as what looks a bit like tv static, with a vertical line of the same image repeated 7 times down the centre of the static, eg on page 424, where the caption reads "Revolution of October, 1934. Proclamation of the Revolutionary Committee announcing the Peasants and Workers’ Republic of Asturias." I doubt the proclamation looked like that...

Dec 9 2013 02:41

Durruti is the key to understanding the Spanish Civil War

Dec 9 2013 02:42

The death of Durruti at the trenches in Madrid in 1936 signaled the defeat of the Republic.

Dec 9 2013 05:33

Durruti was undoubtedly a sincere and dedicated anarchist militant and a highly effective propagator of anarchism. He was, however, just one individual, and the social revolution in Spain was carried out by hundreds of thousands working class people actively transforming the existing social relations. The Spanish Revolution was already on the path toward defeat well before his death, initially with the CNT's decision to allow the Generalitat to continue to exist and followed by the formation of the class collaborationist Central Council of Antifascist Militias of Catalonia, the entry of the CNT into the Generalitat, and the entry of the CNT into the national government.

Guaznu wrote:
The death of Durruti at the trenches in Madrid in 1936 signaled the defeat of the Republic.

This is a strange statement, and not just because Durruti was killed in an urban area and not any trenches. There seems to be an implication here that the Republic being defeated was necessarily undesirable, when in reality the Republic was a capitalist state and just as much an enemy of the working class as Franco. Despite the unfortunate formation of an antifascist alliance between the CNT-FAI and the Popular Front after the uprising by Franco and friends, the defeat of the Republic and the triumph of socialism was very much on the agenda of Durruti and other Spanish anarchists. This was, after all, a state that seemed more interested in repressing a revolutionary working class than in the war against Franco, denying weapons to the anarchist militants in Barcelona from the very start of the war. And this repression took an even more violent turn as the Republic fell increasingly under the sway of Stalinists, who destroyed the collectives that the Durruti Column had played an important role in the formation of as it moved across Aragon.

Jul 21 2017 17:31

My book of the month. I'm converting it to epub, anyone interested to help drop me a pm. Here is the first part

Jul 22 2017 10:42
propofread wrote:
My book of the month. I'm converting it to epub, anyone interested to help drop me a pm. Here is the first part

hey that's great! When it's done could you upload the file here? Just click Edit above and add it to the File attachments section

Jan 4 2018 19:55

The conversion took more time than anticipated, but the epub is up now.

Jan 18 2018 15:15

Thanks so much!