New and Forthcoming: Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse, Fromm, Dunayevskaya

Towards a New Manifesto Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer (Translated by Rodney Livingstone) Verso, 2011 Verso has released a text of a 1956 dialogue between Max Horkheimer and Theodore Adorno which was intended to result in a philosophical updating of the Communist Manifesto. The project is a worthy one, but neither thinker a) was stylistically […]

New and Forthcoming Books: Benjamin Péret and Selma James

The Big Game Benjamin Péret ; translated with an introduction by Marilyn Kallet. Black Widow Press, 357 pages. Black Widow Press has released a translation (by Marilyn Kallet) of The Big Game, a 1928 work by Surrealist Benjamin Péret. In addition to being André Breton’s most committed Surrealist co-thinker, Péret was the the Surrealist most […]

A Witness to the Revolution in Portugal, 1974-1975

Portugal: The Impossible Revolution? by Phil Mailer PM Press, 2012, 300 pages. PM Press (of Oakland, California) is set to re-publish Portugal: The Impossible Revolution?, Phil Mailer’s fascinating first-hand account of the Portuguese Revolution of 1974-1975. The book was originally published in 1977 by Solidarity, a relatively large group of British co-thinkers of Cornelius Castoriadis. […]

Three New and Forthcoming Books: Marcuse, Kerr, I.W.W

Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Emancipation by Herbert Marcuse (Routledge) This book is Volume 5 of the Collected Papers of Herbert Marcuse, edited by philosopher Douglas Kellner. A Preview is available at Google Books. • • • “We Called Each Other Comrade”: Charles H. Kerr & Company, Radical Publishers by Allen Ruff. (PM Press) Originally published by the University of Illinois […]

Three Forthcoming Books and a Rimbaud Review

None of these three books will be available soon, but they look interesting. ••• Sojourning for freedom : Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism. by Erik S. McDuffie. Durham [NC] : Duke University Press, 2011. McDuffie has written on Black women in the Communist Party. His perspective seems to be the “revisionist” […]

New work in English by Surrealist Benjamin Perét

Wakefield Press of Cambridge, Massachusetts will publish in April The Leg of Lamb: Its Life and Works, a collection of works by Benjamin Perét, one of the most committed of Surrealists and an important participant in the international Trotskyist movement (he helped found the Trotskyist movement in Brazil). Unfortunately, Perét is not widely translated into […]

A New Translation of Rimbaud’s Illuminations: II

The New Yorker‘s print issue of February 7, 2011 contains another of poet John Ashbery’s translations (“Cities”) from the forthcoming W.W. Norton edition of Arthur Rimbaud’s Illuminations (see my previous post for an earlier appearance of a translation). The publication date looks like it has now been pushed back to May. Surrealism is strongly anticipated […]