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By Peter Kropotkin

Kropotkin's Memoirs is an autobiographical account of his existence as a social innovative. His formal paintings as a zoologist and geographer takes a backseat to his demand radical social reform within the guise of anarchist communism. His adventure-filled lifestyles is palpable in those pages, together with remarkable feats like escaping from criminal on the Peter and Paul fort.

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Memoirs of a Revolutionist

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Immediately the impresarios and agents come forward, the worldwide rights to the show are sold, people rush off to the telephones, and in the space of an hour the fate of the show for the foreseeable future has been decided, with an instant turnover of millions. The Jews Seventy-five percent of the publishing world here is Jewish. Ninety percent of the theatre is Jewish. The ready-to-wear clothes industry, New York’s major industry, is almost exclusively Jewish. Banks, however, are completely closed to Jews, as are the universities.

Years later I came across a folder entitled Autobiographical Pieces containing a series of texts with notes already written by him about their first publication. There was, then, another autobiographical project, quite different from the one hinted at in The Road to San Giovanni. It is difficult, not to say impossible, to understand how Calvino would have presented these works, which he left in chronological order. There is no doubt that they refer to the most important aspects of his life, with the explicit intention of explaining precisely his political, literary and existential choices, of informing us about how, why and when they happened.

As soon as they hear that the critic liked the show, they all applaud, embrace each other and order champagne. The play will be on for two years; if the notices had been unfavourable it would have been taken off after a few days. Immediately the impresarios and agents come forward, the worldwide rights to the show are sold, people rush off to the telephones, and in the space of an hour the fate of the show for the foreseeable future has been decided, with an instant turnover of millions. The Jews Seventy-five percent of the publishing world here is Jewish.

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