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Under the Blows of the Counterrevolution

Nestor Mahkno

Translated by Malcolm Archibald


Nestor Makhno (1888-1934) was a peasant anarcho-communist who organized an experiment in anarchist values in practice in southeast Ukraine during the Russian Revolution and Civil War.

This is the second volume of his memoirs, originally published in France in 1936 and published in English here for the first time.

Under the Blows of the Counterrevolution describes Makhno’s odyssey through revolutionary Russia in the spring of 1918. Driven from his Ukrainian village by a German invasion, he wandered through a nation torn by civil war, encountered various remarkable personalities, and survived hair-raising adventures.

This volume has interested historians mainly because of Makhno’s account of his interview with Lenin, but it also contains much valuable eye-witness information about a period of Soviet history which was later almost completely rewritten in officially sanctioned accounts.

Includes the original preface and notes by Makhno’s sometime colleague Vsevolod Volin.

English translation and editing by Malcolm Archibald.

Further reading

For more about the fascinating period of Makhno's life and influence, we highly recommend:

Publisher: Black Cat Press
Number of pages: 214
ISBN: 978-0-9737827-5-2
Edition info: 978-0-9737827-5-2
Format: trade paperback
Printer: Black Cat Press

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Weight 160 g
Dimensions 20.4 x 12.7 x .5 cm

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