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.

The Liberation of Celia Kahn by J. David Simons + GIVEAWAY

Glasgow 1915. Set against the background of rent strikes, anti-war sentiment and a revolution brewing in Russia, a young Jewish woman from the Gorbals gains her first taste for protest … Continue reading

February 16, 2011 · 13 Comments

Street Fighting Years: an autobiography of the sixties by Tariq Ali

At last the door opened.  Two men walked in, sat opposite me and started asking me questions in Spanish.  I repeated several times that I did not speak the language.  … Continue reading

August 10, 2010 · 4 Comments

Thinking with the blood transfusion: Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens has, at various times, laid into `Mother Teresa'(making him “the only living person to have represented the Devil pro bono”); Henry Kissinger (whose possible prosecution for his complicity … Continue reading

July 31, 2010 · 4 Comments

Keep the Aspidistra Flying, by George Orwell

“Before, he had fought against the money code, and yet he had clung to his wretched remnant of decency. But now it was precisely from decency that he wanted to … Continue reading

February 3, 2010 · 9 Comments

Mother by Maksim Gorky

Part of Mother’s Day Week on Vulpes: a week of items on the themes of mothers and motherhood The mother understood that the socialists had killed the Tsar. It had … Continue reading

March 4, 2008 · 19 Comments

Leon Trotsky: My Life

“This book is not an objective photograph of my life,” Trotsky writes in his foreword to My Life, “but a component of it. In these pages I am continuing the … Continue reading

December 19, 2007 · 11 Comments



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