The Story of the Paris
Commune of 1871, As Told by
Those Who Fought for It.
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The Story of the Paris Commune of 1871,
As Told by Those Who Fought for It.
The Story of the Paris Commune of 1871, As Told by those
Who Fought for It. Texts selected, edited, and translated by Mitchell
Abidor. Published by Marxists Internet Archive Publications,
In this unique collection of texts translated into English for the
first time, we hear the genuine voices of the Paris Commune of 1871.
Every Communard drew something different from the experience of the
Commune, and "Communards" allows all of them to have their say.
socialism wasn't born of the Commune, it is from the Commune that
dates that portion of international revolution that no longer wants to
give battle in a city in order to be surrounded and crushed, but which
instead wants, at the head of the proletarians of each and every
country, to attack national and international reaction and put an end
to the capitalist regime."
— Edouard Vaillant, a member of the Paris
Documents include the records of stormy meetings of the Commune
deciding on the execution of hostages, minutes of meetings of the First
International throughout the siege as well as reminiscences of
participants written down 25 years after the event.
Much of this would be new to French-speakers; it is all new for those
who do not normally read in the French language. No history of the
Commune may be written in the future without reference to "Communards."
only through Erythrós Press and Media and all proceeds go
towards the operations of the Marxists Internet Archive.
About the author:
Mitchell Abidor is a writer and translator living in Brooklyn, New
York. He has translated hundreds of texts from French, Spanish,
Italian, Esperanto and Portugese into English, including works by
writers as diverse as Jean-Paul Sartre, Antonio Gramsci, the Argentine
poet Juan Gelman, and Maximilien Robespierre. Mitchell is also a
regular columnist for the French magazine Le Grognard. He is married to
the artist Joan Levinson.He is
also the author of The
Great Anger: Ultra-Revolutionary Writing in
France from the Atheist Priest to the Bonnot Gang.
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