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Gustav Landauer; Gabriel Kuhn
|Language Note:||Translated from the German.|
|Description:||351 p. ; 23 cm.|
|Responsibility:||Gustav Landauer ; edited and translated by Gabriel Kuhn ; preface by Richard J.F. Day.|
"Landauer is the most important agitator of the radical and revolutionary movement in the entire country." This is how Gustav Landauer was described in a German police file from 1893. Twenty-six years later, Landauer died at the hands of reactionary soldiers who overthrew the Bavarian Council Republic, a three-week attempt to realize libertarian socialism amidst the turmoil of post-World War I Germany. It was the last chapter in the life of a unique activist, writer, and mystic.
This is the first comprehensive collection of Landauer's writings in English. It includes one of his major works, Revolution, thirty additional essays and articles, and a selection of correspondence. The texts cover Landauer's entire political biography, from his early anarchism of the 1890s to his philosophical reflections at the turn of the century, the subsequent establishment of the Socialist Bund, his tireless agitation against the war, and the final days among the revolutionaries in Munich. Additional chapters collect Landauer's articles on radical politics in the U.S. and Mexico, and illustrate the scope of his writing with texts on corporate capital, language, education, and Judaism. The volume includes an extensive introduction, commentary, and bibliographical information from the editor, and a preface from Richard J.F. Day (Gramsci Is Dead).
"If there were any justice in this world--at least as far as historical memory goes--then Gustav Landauer would be remembered, right along with Bakunin and Kropotkin, as one of anarchism's most brilliant and original theorists. Instead, history has abetted the crime of his murderers, burying his work in silence. With this anthology, Gabriel Kuhn has single-handedly redressed one of the cruelest gaps in Anglo-American anarchist literature: the absence of almost any English translations of Landauer."--Jesse Cohn, author of Anarchism and the Crisis of Representation: Hermeneutics, Aesthetics, Politics.
"Gustav Landauer was, without doubt, one of the brightest intellectual lights within the revolutionary circles of fin de siecle Europe. In this remarkable anthology, Gabriel Kuhn brings together an extensive and splendidly chosen collection of Landauer's most important writings, presenting them for the first time in English translation. With Landauer's ideas coming of age today perhaps more than ever before, Kuhn's work is a valuable and timely piece of scholarship, and one which should be required reading for anyone with an interest in radical social change."--James Horrox, author of A Living Revolution: Anarchism in the Kibbutz Movement --Book Jacket.