Communism: A Love Story

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Melbourne Univ. Publishing, 2007 - Political Science - 330 pages
Following the life ofæGuido Baracchi, the playboy and dilettante whose love affair with Marxism and the Communist Party took him from his father's astronomical observatory toæStalin's Russia and across the world this storyæexplores the life of an idealistædedicated to Communism.æEntwined with political intrigue, thisæstudyæincludes aæseries of tempestuous romances with poets, artists, and playwrights as theæidealist searches the world for answers to hisæbeliefs.
 

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Contents

The Observatory children suchAs we so warm
9
University reforming society is no light matter
24
World War I You dont want to be disloyal do you?
41
Love and Marriage Im afraid hell some day stop loving me
60
Darling Street trembling and cracking in all directions
89
Weimar a somewhat dangerous extremist
119
Larnoo Art Is a Weapon
152
Russia There arent any happy endings here
181
Revelations I thought you were all glittering
231
War Again Too many dogs are Liberals
259
The Final Decade an era so very far from being mine
288
Notes
295
Bibliography
315
Picture Sources
323
Index
325
Copyright

MelbourneSydney Just where are you getting to?
210

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Jeff Sparrow is the reviews editor of Overland Magazine and the coauthor of Radical Melbourne: A Secret History and Radical Melbourne 2: The Enemy Within.

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