The Great Anger by Mitchell Abidor
The Great Anger
Ultra-Revolutionary Writing in France from the Atheist Priest to the Bonnot Gang
Published by Marxists Internet Archive Publications, 2009
The Great Anger: Ultra-Revolutionary Writing in France from the Atheist Priest to the Bonnot Gang: A collection of texts and essays edited and translated by Mitchell Abidor. Published by Marxists Internet Archive Publications, 2009.
Published for the first time, Mitchell Abidor presents the key writings of a series of revolutionaries from the late 17th-early 18th century priest Jean Meslier and the Enlightenment radical Baron d’Holbach, to the leaders of the left wing of the Great French Revolution, Jean-Paul Marat, Jacques Hébert, Anacharsis Cloots, Jacques Roux, Gracchus Babeuf, and Sylvain Maréchal; and continuing with the tireless revolutionary Louis Auguste Blanqui and the voices of the Paris Commune. There follow the Propagandists of the Deed such as Ravachol and Emile Henry; the unclassifiable Zo d’Axa, and the uncompromising Albert Libertad. The collection continues with the philosophy of the individualist Georges Palante and concludes with Victor Serge, who wrote the last chapter of this school of anarchism and joined the Communist International. In the epilogue, Abidor reflects on the significance of the events of May 1968 in Paris and their connection to the tradition.
These texts, the words of the “men of action” themselves, Les Enragés, give a unique insight into the thinking of that social layer which cannot and will not reconcile itself to inequality, normality, conformity, and injustice. Men for whom the slogan “ni dieu ni maître,” neither God nor master, were words to live by.
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About the author: Mitchell Abidor is a writer and translator living in Brooklyn, New York. He has translated hundreds of texts from French, Spanish, Italian, Esperanto and Portugese into English, including works by writers as diverse as Jean-Paul Sartre, Antonio Gramsci, the Argentine poet Juan Gelman, and Maximilien Robespierre. Mitchell is also a regular columnist for the French magazine Le Grognard. He is married to the artist Joan Levinson.