fiction

From Beneath The Keyboard - a collection of stories

An anthology of anarchist and squatting fiction and poetry of variable quality. Published by Hooligan Press in 1987.

The Strike of the Vilne Street-Walkers

A fictional account of a sex worker strike set in pre-WW2 Vilnius, Lithuania. Originally written in Yiddish by Avrom Karpinovitsh, in his collection of short stories Vilne mayn Vilne. Translated by Shimon Joffe, and taken from the Yiddish Book Center.

Albert Einstein in Barcelona: "My name is Albert Einstein and I am also revolutionary, an anti-authoritarian"

In February 1923, Albert Einstein visited Barcelona at the invitation of the Mancomunitat (the forerunner of the Generalitat, the Catalan government, which was reestablished in 1932) to give a series of sponsored lectures explaining his theory of relativity. On arrival he insisted on meeting with — and giving talks to — members of the CNT, the anarcho-syndicalist labour union. The following account of Einstein’s Barcelona visit is excerpted from ‘¡Pistoleros! 3: 1920-24. The Chronicles of Farquhar McHarg’:

50 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Works Every Socialist Should Read by China Mieville

Artist impression of a Mars settlement with cutaway view.

Originally from https://fantasticmetropolis.com/i/50socialist/full/

This is not a list of the “best” fantasy or SF. There are huge numbers of superb works not on the list. Those below are chosen not just because of their quality—which though mostly good, is variable—but because the politics they embed (deliberately or not) are of particular interest to socialists. Of course, other works—by the same or other writers—could have been chosen: disagreement and alternative suggestions are welcomed. I change my own mind hour to hour on this anyway.

Yanggongju as an allegory of the nation: Images of working-class women in popular and radical texts

Hyun Sook Kim's essay examining representations of working-class South Korean sex workers for U.S. military in popular and radical texts, both of which fix the identities of the women as "bad"/"good" and treat the female body as a metaphorical map of the Korean nation.

Published in Dangerous Women: Gender and Korean Nationalism (2012).

The Dispossessed

The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin

Full online text -- as well as pdf, epub, and mobi files -- of Ursula Le Guin's anarchist sci-fi classic The Dispossessed.

Metropoliteno - Vladimir Varankin

V. Varankin — instruisto de kavaleria lernejo. Urbo Tverj, 1925

Romano de Vladimir Varankin verkisto de Esperanto por Laboristoj. El la eldonejo "Sur la paĝoj de «Metropoliteno» vi legos pri la eventoj, kiuj kaŭzis naskiĝon de naziismo en Germanio kaj uzurpon de potenco en USSR far la koterio de Stalin."

Extracts from Carbonia (We Were All Communists) - with full text PDF

Selections from Carbonia (We Were All Communists), Balestrini's novel of class struggle in a mining town, with full PDFs for reading and printing

‘To live outside the trial’: Anarchist implications in Foucauldian readings of Franz Kafka’s 'In the Penal Colony' and 'The Trial'

An academic article by David Tulley about Franz Kafka’s engagement with anarchist theory in relation to two of his novels.