Richard Greeman

Richard Greeman has been active since 1957 in civil rights, anti-war, anti-nuke, environmental and labor struggles in the U.S., Latin America, France (where he has been a longtime resident) and Russia (where he helped found the Praxis Research and Education Center in 1997). Like Victor Serge, the Franco-Russian revolutionary novelist to whom Richard has devoted many translations and biographical studies, Richard places Marxism and Anarchism in the larger context of socialism and internationalism and sees them as complimentary.

Richard has distilled his half-century experience of radical activism and political reflexion in his satirical Beware of Capitalist Sharks: Radical Rants and Internationalist Essays (Illustrated) where he proposes the human predicament in the form of a Pascalian bet :

If there remains a marginal chance chance for human society to survive globalized  capitalism’s terminal economic and ecological crises, it would entail replacing the competitive profit system with a planetary network of producers — a green cooperative commonwealth. Against the near certainty of planetary catastrophe under predatory capitalism, we must bet our lives on the unlikely dream of a massive Emergence of revolutionary solidarity among the planet’s 99% overthrowing capitalism and establishing a harmonious, healthy ecosocialist world. We are at the tipping point, and no lesser solution will save us. It is a bet we can’t refuse, and today with the Internet everywhere available and instant computer translating improving every day, the 150 year-old revolutionary internationalist call has become a technical possibility : « Working people of all lands, Unite ! We have nothing to lose but our chains. We have a world to win ! » 

A Blaze in a Desert: Selected Poems

A Blaze in a Desert: Selected Poems

SKU: 9781629633824
Author: Victor Serge • Editor and translator: James Brook • Afterword: Richard Greeman
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629633824
Published: 05/2017
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 5 x 8
Page count: 192
Subjects: Poetry


“Victor Serge was a major novelist, a revolutionary, and a historical witness, so it is perhaps not surprising that his poetry has been overlooked. But his poetry is for real. It is as grounded in specifics as you might expect from a fighter in some of the twentieth century’s great struggles, and as visionary as you’d hope from a disciple of Rimbaud and a friend to the Surrealists. Reading it is like coming upon an unsuspected corridor in the house of literature. James Brook’s lucid translation does it full justice.”
—Luc Sante, author of The Other Paris and translator of Novels in Three Lines by Félix Fénéon

“In these dark times, the poetry of Victor Serge illuminates the deep continuum of revolutionary history. As all great work, it shows the power of both resistance & acceptance. Serge is noted for his prose but his poetry is in many ways more moving. It inspires the reader to stay true to the revolutionary spirit and will in its compassion, defiance, and outrage.”
—David Meltzer, author of San Francisco Beat: Talking with the Poets, When I Was a Poet, and Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook

Anarchists Never Surrender: Essays, Polemics, and Correspondence on Anarchism, 1908–1938

Author: Victor Serge • Edited by Mitchell Abidor • Foreword: Richard Greeman
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629630311
Published: 02/2015
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Page count: 256
Subjects: Politics-Anarchism/History-Europe


“One of the most compelling of twentieth-century ethical and literary heroes.”
—Susan Sontag

“I can’t think of anyone else who has written about the revolutionary movement in this century with Serge’s combination of moral insight and intellectual richness.”
—Dwight Macdonald

“To me he has seemed a model of the independent intellectual in Europe between the wars: leftist but not dogmatic, political yet deeply involved with issues of cultural life, and a novelist of very considerable powers.”
—Irving Howe

“I believe indeed that to rescue the humanist tradition of the last decades is of the utmost importance, and that Victor Serge is one of the outstanding personalities representing the socialist aspect of humanism.”
—Erich Fromm

“Victor Serge died in exile and obscurity, apparently no more than a splinter of a splinter in the Marxist movement. But with the passage of the years, he looms up as one of the great moral figures of our time, an artist of such integrity and a revolutionary of such purity as to overshadow those who achieved fame and power. His failure was his success. I know of no participant in Russia’s revolution and Spain’s agonies who more deserves the attention of our concerned youth.”
—I.F. Stone

“I know of no other writer with whom Serge can be very usefully compared. The essence of the man and his books is to be found in his attitude toward the truth. . . . His life and its choices demonstrate an exemplary truth to which he was prophetically sensitive and which we should now accept as axiomatic. Institutions can be defended by lies, revolutions never.”
—John Berger, New Society

Birth of Our Power

SKU: 9781629630304
Author: Victor Serge • Introduction and Translation by Richard Greeman
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629630304
Published: 12/2014
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Page count: 256
Subjects: Fiction/History-Europe


“Nothing in it has dated. . . . It is less an autobiography than a sustained, incandescent lyric (half-pantheist, half-surrealist) of rebellion and battle.”
Times Literary Supplement

“Surely one of the most moving accounts of revolutionary experience ever written.”
—Neal Ascherson, New York Review of Books

“Probably the most remarkable of his novels. . . . Of all the European writers who have taken revolution as their theme, Serge is second only to Conrad. . . . Here is a writer with a magnificent eye for the panoramic sweep of historical events and an unsparingly precise moral insight.”
—Francis King, Sunday Telegraph

“Intense, vivid, glowing with energy and power . . . A wonderful picture of revolution and revolutionaries . . . The power of the novel is in its portrayal of the men who are involved.”
Manchester Evening News

Birth of Our Power is one of the finest romances of revolution ever written, and confirms Serge as an outstanding chronicler of his turbulent era. . . . As an epic, Birth of Our Power has lost none of its strength.”
—Lawrence M. Bensky, New York Times

Men in Prison

SKU: 9781604867367
Author: Victor Serge • Introduction and Translation by Richard Greeman
Publisher: PM Press/Spectre
ISBN: 9781604867367
Published: 03/2014
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Page count: 232
Subjects: Fiction/Prison Issues


“No purer book about the hell of prison has ever been written.”
—Martin Seymour-Smith, Scotsman

“There is nothing in any line or word of this fine novel which doesn’t ring true.”
Publishers Weekly

“This is a remarkable book… Capable of Dostoyevskian intensity and power…”
—Francis King, Sunday Telegraph

“This novel, properly so called by its author, being truth worked up as art, is strongly recommended both as a document and as a powerful work of literature.”
—Robert Garioch, Listener

“Serge is a writer young rebels desperately need whether they know it or not. He does not tell us what we should feel, he makes us feel it.”
—Stanley Reynolds, New Statesman

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