New Russian edition of Marxism and Freedom
From Readers’ Views, January-February 2012 issue of News & Letters:
NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN RUSSIA: IN REVOLT, IN THEORY
I heard the news of the largest protests in Russia since the dissolution of the USSR twenty years ago at just about the same time I heard about a new Russian edition of Marxism and Freedom by Raya Dunayevskaya getting off the press in Moscow.
Whether or not that can be considered merely a coincidence, it raises the question of how successful this historic work will be in showing students and workers there that Marx’s Marxism was the very opposite of the Stalinism they had suffered after the Russian Revolution was turned into its opposite.
The protests there today are one more proof of the impact of the worldwide wave of revolt that began with Arab Spring last year and now faces how to continue to the deep uprooting needed.
I’m so excited about the new Russian edition of Dunayevskaya’s Marxism and Freedom. In his letter about the beautiful cover of the new edition, Richard Greeman wrote:
“I think Raya would have loved the cover, which was specially designed by Julia Guseva, an ardent feminist, the Russian translator of Victor Serge and librarian of the Victor Serge Library in Moscow. The sans-culotte woman ties Marx in with the French Revolution.”
It really is wonderful and I too think that Dunayevskaya would have been thrilled by it. Can you tell me and other readers how to order a copy?
Editor’s note: The new Russian edition of Marxism and Freedom can be ordered directly from the publisher, Praxis Research and Educational Center, at http://www.praxiscenter.ru/about_us/publikatsii/.
This is the first Russian language edition of the foundational work of Marxist-Humanism by Raya Dunayevskaya, Marxism and Freedom: from 1776 Until Today.
At the same time as we announce this historic publication, the publisher, Praxis Center, must appeal for funds because most of the books are being held by the printshop which is awaiting payment, money that Praxis does not have. They have turned to News and Letters Committees and our friends and supporters for help in raising the needed $3,000. Exciting events are taking place in Russia, including new revolts against the leadership. Getting Marxism and Freedom in the hands of the Russian people could not be more urgent. Please help in this effort in taking responsibility for the idea of freedom.
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