Born in 1928 in Buenos Aires, Adolfo Gilly wove together the roles of activist, analyst, and chronicler; a heterodox Trotskyist, Gilly was a prominent member of the Fourth International, and later J. Posadas's Latin American Bureau. In the Anglophone world he is probably best known for his book La revolución interrumpida (The revolution interrupted, published in translation as The Mexican Revolution), written during his six-year incarceration in Mexico City. This new volume brings together essays spanning more than half a century, from reportage in Cuba (1964) to a meditation on the past and future of socialism 100 years after the Russian Revolution (2017). It ought to bring Gilly further center stage not only as a prominent twentieth-century leftist but as one of the sharpest observers of sociopolitical change in Latin America and beyond.

Gilly's writing is captivating, and the translations here are excellent. The book is organized logically and...

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