Anarchy's Brief Summer: The Life and Death of Buenaventura Durruti

Anarchy's Brief Summer: The Life and Death of Buenaventura Durruti


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Northern Spain is the only part of Western Europe where anarchism played a significant role in political life of the twentieth century. Enjoying wide-ranging support among both the urban and rural working class, its importance peaked during its “brief summer”—the civil war between the Republic and General Franco’s Falangists, during which anarchists even participated in the government of Catalonia.
Anarchy’s Brief Summer brings anarchism to life by focusing on the charismatic leader Buenaventura Durruti (1896-1936), who became a key figure in the Spanish Civil War after a militant and adventurous youth. The basis of the book is a compilation of texts: personal testimony, interviews with survivors, contemporary documents, memoirs, and academic assessments. They are all linked by Enzenberger’s own assessment in a series of glosses—a literary form that is somewhere between retelling and reconstruction—with the contradiction between fiction and fact reflecting the political contradictions of the Spanish Revolution. On the trail of forgotten, half-suppressed struggles, Anarchy’s Brief Summer offers a unique portrait of a revolutionary movement that is largely unknown outside Spain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857426000
Publisher: Seagull Books
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Series: German List Series
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 695,225
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Hans Magnus Enzensberger, often considered Germany’s most important living poet, is also the editor of the book series Die Andere Bibliothek and the founder of the monthly TransAtlantik. His books include Lighter Than Air: Moral Poems and Civil Wars: From L.A. to Bosnia. Mike Mitchell is a translator from French and German.

Table of Contents

The Funeral Ceremony 1

First Gloss On History as Collective Fiction 6

Stray Bullets 11

Second Gloss On the Roots of Spanish Anarchism 22

Los Solidarios 34

Third Gloss On the Spanish Dilemma, 1917-1931 48

Exile 54

Fourth Gloss On the Spanish Dilemma, 1931-36 76

The Republic 80

The Victory 106

Power-Sharing 129

The Campaign 141

Behind the Lines 176

The Peasants 198

Fifth Gloss About the Enemy 212

The Militias 218

Sixth Gloss On the Decline and Fall of the Anarchists 235

The Defence of Madrid 241

Seventh Gloss About the Hero 261

His Death 265

Eighth Gloss The Revolution Grows Older 285

Posterity 289

Sources 299

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