| MEMOIRS OF A CRITICAL COMMUNIST|
Towards a History of the Fourth International
by Livio Maitan
With a preface by Daniel Bensaïd
Translated by Gregor Benton
Edited with an introduction by Penelope Duggan
Book launch meetings with Penelope Duggan
Penelope Duggan, who edited the book and worked with Livio Maitan, will introduce a discussion on the strategic and programmatic problems that we face in the struggle for a democratic socialist alternative. Penelope Duggan is editor of International Viewpoint.
Oxford - Monday 17 February, 7pm
Organic Cafe, 24 Friars Entry, OX1 2BY
London - Tuesday 18 February, 7.30pm
Community Centre, 62 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AB
Manchester - Wednesday 19 February, 7pm
Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, M2 5NS
Glasgow - Thursday 20 February, 7pm
Renfield St Stephens Centre, 260 Bath Street, G2 4JP
Livio Maitan's Memoirs of a Critical Communist tells of the life of a revolutionary communist in the second half of the 20th century. From his early commitment to communism in 1942 under fascism in Italy, Livio chose to be 'against the current' by rejecting both Stalinism and social democracy, and charted a course towards democratic and revolutionary Marxism.
His translator, Gregor Benton, writes:
Livio Maitan helped inspire the growth of Italian Trotskyism. There was also a wave of Maoism in the 1960s and a debate ensued, to which Livio contributed his book on China, Party, Army, and Masses. I was deeply influenced by it, and I translated it for New Left Books. The book combined criticism of the Chinese Revolution with support. From it, I learned how to write engaged scholarship.
Livio could have shone at a leading university had he wanted, but instead he spent most of his life working on a shoestring. In 2002, he wrote this history of the Fourth International to go alongside his autobiography.
Translating this new book was a bittersweet experience. Through it, I was able to relive chapter by chapter my wild political youth and my middle age. Livio Maitan's spirit lifts this story from a catalogue of false starts into a chronicle of heroism and optimism. He died before Black Lives Matter, Me Too, Corbynism, Gilets Jaunes, Extinction Rebellion and other new struggles, but he paved the way for them. This book shows the road to socialism remains open.
paperback 464 pages and 4 pages of black and white photos