My Past and Thoughts: The Memoirs of Alexander Herzen

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University of California Press, 1982 - History - 684 pages
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Alexander Herzen's own brilliance and the extraordinary circumstances of his life combine to place his memoirs among the greatest works of the modern era. Born in 1812, the illegitimate son of a wealthy Russian landowner, he became one of the most important revolutionary and intellectual figures of his time: as theorist, polemicist, propagandist, and political actor. Fifty years after his death, Lenin revered him as the father of Russian revolutionary socialism. Tolstoy said he had never met another man "with so rare a combination of scintillating brilliance and depth." His monumental autobiography is an unparalleled record of his—and his century's—remarkable life.

Herzen's story of his privileged childhood among the Russian aristocracy is lit with the insight of a great novelist. With a trained historian's sense of the interaction of people and events, he limns the grand line of revolutionary development from the earliest stirrings of Russian radicalism throughthe tumultuous ideological debates of the international. His close friends and enemies—Marx, Wagner, Mill, Bakunin, Garibaldi, Kropotkin—are brought brilliantly alive. Dwight Macdonald's knowledgeable and fluent abridgment makes this great work readily available to the modern reader.
  

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Review: My Past and Thoughts: The Memoirs of Alexander Herzen (My Past and Thoughts)

User Review  - Aasem Bakhshi - Goodreads

Beyond doubt, the most beloved literary monument among all genres in my library. Going through this 700 page abridgement from the original four tomes can only leave you with the desire to read the ... Read full review

Review: My Past and Thoughts: The Memoirs of Alexander Herzen (My Past and Thoughts)

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To be honest, fairly hard going at times. Read full review

Contents

preface by Dwight Macdonald
xi
dedication to Nicholay Platonovich Ogarev
xlv
Youth
19
Political Awakening
39
Nick and the Sparrow Hills
58
The University 79
107
PRISON AND EXILE
123
Imprisonment
137
The Revolution of 1848 in France
340
In Geneva with the Exiles of 1848
358
Western European Arabesques II
384
Money and the Police
398
P J Proudhon
414
Second Thoughts on the Woman
431
ENGLAND 18521858
445
German Emigrants
467

Investigation and Sentence
152
Perm
166
Mis government in Siberia
185
Alexander Lavrentevich Vitberg
199
The Beginning of My Life at Vladimir
219
Return to Moscow and Intellectual Debate
229
Petersburg and the Second Banishment
253
Councillor at Novgorod
269
Our Friends
284
To Petersburg for a Passport
305
PARISITALYPARIS
317
The Honeymoon of the Republic
324
Western European Arabesques I
330
Robert Owen
485
THE FREE RUSSIAN PRESS
527
The Common Fund
554
Bakunin and the Cause of Poland
565
THE LATER YEARS 18601868
589
of the Mohican Squaws
599
The Superfluous and the Jaundiced 1860
619
Bazarov Once More 1868
628
A Relevant Chrestomathy from the Later Years
643
Marx v Herzen
677
index of persons follows page
684
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