[Marxism] Best political memoirs

Joseph Catron jncatron at gmail.com
Fri Feb 24 15:45:18 MST 2012


I should also mention Ramzy Baroud's *My Father Was a Freedom Fighter:
Gaza's Untold Story*. It isn't a memoir (although the end touches on
autobiographical themes), but rather a biography of the author's father, a
PFLP member and PLA soldier. Nor is it an account of political debates or
high-level statecraft, but rather a portrait of daily life and struggle in
a refugee camp (as well as a quick-and-dirty history of Palestine). All the
same, it's one of the better literary depictions of the red wing of the
Palestinian national movement as average participants experienced it. Now
that I'm spending a lot of my time in Nuseirat Camp, where most of it
happened, I really wish I'd thought to bring my copy with me ...

On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 2:10 AM, Joseph Catron <jncatron at gmail.com> wrote:

Leila Khaled's My People Shall Live: The Autobiography of a
Revolutionaryis a classic of Palestinian communism. It's unfortunately
(and
> inexcusably!) out of print, and used copies are rare enough to be quite
> pricey, but there are a bunch of free editions online (
> http://socialiststories.org/sites/default/files/liberate/My%20People%20Shall%20Live%20-%20Leila%20Khaled.pdf
> ).
>

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