1973: London is drab, faded by economic decline. The optimism of the post-war boom is gone. The world is split into two opposed systems, the capitalist west and the planned economies of the east, dominated by undemocratic bureaucracies.

Eagleton’s book can act as a ’refresher course’ and a useful introduction. It is not without its faults and limits, however.

A socialist activist in several countries, revolutionary journalist par excellence, novelist, and poet – Victor Serge was a man of huge talents. During his extraordinary life (1890-1947), Serge graduated from youthful anarchism to Bolshevism. He took part in revolutions and spent a decade in captivity. He worked...

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