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The Marxist School of Sacramento Speaker Series
October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFREE
Point of View Speaker Series, Fall 2017: Challenging Perspectives on Current Issues
Lectures are held from 7:00pm–9:00pm on the third Thursday of the month. There will be books available at each!
All events at the Marxist School of Sacramento are free and open to the public.
Thursday October 19, Room 12
James Brook Presents A Blaze in the Desert: Selected Poems by Victor Serge.Victor Serge (1890–1947) played many parts, as he recounted in his indelible Memoirs of a Revolutionary. The son of anti-czarist exiles in Brussels, Serge was a young anarchist in Paris; a syndicalist rebel in Barcelona; a Bolshevik in Petrograd; a Comintern agent in Central Europe; a comrade of Trotsky’s; a friend of writers like Andrei Bely, Boris Pilnyak, and André Breton; a prisoner of Stalin; a dissident Marxist in exile in Mexico. Like Serge’s extraordinary novels, A Blaze in a Desert: Selected Poems bears witness to decades of revolutionary upheavals in Europe and the advent of totalitarian rule. Throughout A Blaze in a Desert, Serge draws on the heritage of late- and post- Symbolist writers like Verhaeren, Rictus, Apollinaire, Blok, and Bely—themselves authors of messages of a more general resistance by the human spirit—to express the anguish of the failure of the Russian Revolution and to search out glimmers of hope in the ruins of the Second World War.