Anarchists Past and Present

The Attempt, by Magdalená Platzová, translated by Alex Zucker, (Bellevue Literary Press), 224 pages, released 10 May, 2016

Magdalená Platzová’s The Attempt is one of those novels that rewards multiple readings—and the concise beauty of her prose makes multiple readings easily possible. This work of historical fiction ranges from the anarchist communities of 1920s Europe to the recent Occupy Wall Street movement.  Besides its two historical threads, this book offers a meditation on political resistance; it jumps forward and backward in time, looking at the interplay between individual lives and larger political constructs. When you want a book that will really make you think—not for a few moments, but at length—reach for this title.

August 18 2016 06:24 am | Uncategorized

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