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ISBN-13: 9781629633824

Victor Serge (1890–1947) performed many components, as he mentioned in his indelible Memoirs of a Revolutionary. The son of anti-czarist exiles in Brussels, Serge used to be a tender anarchist in Paris; a syndicalist insurgent in Barcelona; a Bolshevik in Petrograd; a Comintern agent in valuable Europe; a comrade of Trotsky's; a pal of writers like Andrei Bely, Boris Pilnyak, and André Breton; a prisoner of Stalin; a dissident Marxist in exile in Mexico . . . A novelist, a literary critic, a political journalist, and a historian of the Russian Revolution, Serge used to be additionally an impressive poet.
In A Blaze in a wasteland: chosen Poems, Victor Serge bears witness to a long time of innovative upheavals in Europe and the arrival of totalitarian rule; the various poems have been written throughout the "immense shipwreck" of Stalin's ascendancy. In poems datelined Petrograd, Orenburg, Paris, Marseille, the Caribbean, and Mexico, Serge composed elegies for the fallen who, like him, persevered criminal, exile, and sour unhappiness within the revolutions of the 1st 1/2 the 20 th century:
Night falls, the boat pulls in,
stop making a song.
Exile relights its captive lamps
on the shore of time.
A Blaze in a desolate tract comprises Victor Serge's sole released booklet of poetry, Resistance (1938), his unpublished manuscript Messages (1946), and his final poem, "Hands" (1947).

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