Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

A hundred years on: Trotsky on 1917

One hundred years ago today, by the old Gregorian calendar that was then still in force, the October Revolution took place. The event is simply too big and complex to … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Trotsky: past, present… future? An interview with Tariq Ali

(Originally published: 3rd September 2010) Today’s guest contributor, Tariq Ali, is a writer, activist and political commentator. A leading figure of the Trotskyist movement in the sixties and seventies, Ali’s … Continue reading

November 28, 2011 · 3 Comments

Trotsky: past, present… future? An interview with Tariq Ali

Today’s guest contributor, Tariq Ali, is a writer, activist and political commentator.  A leading figure of the Trotskyist movement in the sixties and seventies, Ali’s engagement with Trotsky goes far … Continue reading

September 3, 2010 · 17 Comments

Reading Trotsky: an interview with Chris Ward

Chris Ward is Senior Lecturer in Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge.  His contagious enthusiasm for Trotsky’s writing kick-started my own Trotsky obsession (so now you know who to … Continue reading

September 2, 2010 · 10 Comments

Beginning with Guantanamera: learning about José Martí

Translator’s note:  One of the great things about Martí is his ability to invest one word with a multitude of meanings.  This is a tricky thing for the translator.  I … Continue reading

May 25, 2010 · 13 Comments

100 Stories for Haiti/Toussaint Louverture for beginners

100 stories for Haiti: assessing the middle man … (Review by Anne Brooke) 100 Stories for Haiti is a unique collection of stories bound together by paper and glue and … Continue reading

May 12, 2010 · 11 Comments

Fear of Mirrors by Tariq Ali

The story as Gertrude told it sounded tedious.  I knew the tone well.  It was the voice she usually put on for outsiders when she decided to regale them with … Continue reading

April 27, 2010 · 5 Comments

Cuba: a new history, by Richard Gott

Richard Gott is not an academic historian, but he is most certainly a Latin American specialist.  Gott is one of what I suspect is a dying breed: the journalist who … Continue reading

February 2, 2010 · 8 Comments

Talking about Trotsky

As everyone knows by now, Kirsty loves to talk about Trotsky and will frequently do so whether you wish to hear it or not.  Today, we set her loose on … Continue reading

October 21, 2008 · 10 Comments

Vladimir Mayakovsky: Poet, Hooligan, Bolshevik

Mayakovsky is closer to the dynamic quality of the Revolution and to its stern courage than to the mass character of its heroism, deeds and experiences. Just as the ancient … Continue reading

May 13, 2008 · 9 Comments

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