Marie Louise Berneri

Marie Louise Berneri

Marie Louise Berneri (1918–1949) was an anarchist activist and author. She was involved with the short-lived publication Revision, with Luis Mercier Vega, and was a member of the group that edited Revolt, War Commentary, and the Freedom newspaper. She was a regular contributor to Spain and the World.

Journey through Utopia: A Critical Examination of Imagined Worlds in Western Literature

Journey through Utopia: A Critical Examination of Imagined Worlds in Western Literature

SKU: 9781629636467
Author: Marie Louise Berneri • Foreword: George Woodcock • Introduction: Matthew S. Adams • Afterword: Rhiannon Firth • Postscript: Kim Stanley Robinson
Publisher: PM Press/Freedom Press
ISBN: 9781629636467
Published: 6/2019
Format: Paperback, ePub, PDF, mobi
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 464
Subjects: Literature-History and Criticism/Politics-Anarchism


“Berneri’s comments, explicit and implicit, are for the most part acutely discerning…. This is a fascinating work.”
Times Literary Supplement

“As an old student of utopias, I have a special regard for Marie Louise Berneri’s Journey through Utopia; for it is the most comprehensive and the most perceptive study of that ideal land that I have come across in any language.”
—Lewis Mumford

“A demolishment of dream worlds (not ones that have been put into practice) in this historical survey and analysis of utopian thought from antiquity to modern times underscores the regimentation, authoritarian and narrow concepts of freedom that such prospectuses embodied.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Marie Louise Berneri identifies the authoritarian Utopian State as a concept running through much of the literature. A desire to orchestrate good behavior through various hierarchical arrangements, analogous to a mechanical system with predictable results ensured by regulated consistent behavior, is a dark shadow over many utopias.”
—Chris Carlsson, author of Nowtopia

“Berneri’s wide-ranging selection of readings constitutes a superb introduction to the history of utopian thought, and her often brilliant and insightful commentary remains highly illuminating.”
—John P. Clark, author of The Impossible Community: Realizing Communitarian Anarchism

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