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MANCHESTER SOCIALIST RESISTANCE – OPEN PUBLIC MEETING Wednesday 19 February 2020 7pm-9pm Friends Meeting House Mount Street Manchester M2 5N

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MANCHESTER SOCIALIST RESISTANCE – OPEN PUBLIC MEETING

Wednesday 19 February 2020

7pm-9pm

Friends Meeting House

Mount Street

Manchester M2 5NS

LIVIO MAITAN MEMOIRS BOOK PRESENTATION with PENNY DUGGAN

MEMOIRS OF A CRITICAL COMMUNIST: Towards a history of the Fourth International by Livio Maitan, with a preface by Daniel Bensaïd, Translated by Gregor Benton, Edited and with an introduction by Penelope Duggan, RRP: £20, €24, $28; 456 pages, inc. b&w photos. Pub. Resistance Books, IIRE and Merlin Press. http://resistancebooks.org/product/memoirs-of-a-critical-communist/

Gregor Benton writes: “Livio Maitan helped inspire the growth of Italian Trotskyism. There was also a wave of Maoism in the 1960s and a debate ensued, to which Livio contributed his book on China, Party, Army, and Masses. I was deeply influenced by it, and I translated it for New Left Books. The book combined criticism of the Chinese Revolution with support. From it, I learned how to write engaged scholarship. Livio could have shone at a leading university had he wanted, but instead he spent most of his life working on a shoestring. In 2002, he wrote this history of the Fourth International to go alongside his autobiography. Translating this new book was a bittersweet experience. Through it, I was able to relive chapter by chapter my wild political youth and my middle age. Livio Maitan’s spirit lifts this story from a catalogue of false starts into a chronicle of heroism and optimism. He died before Black Lives Matter, Me Too, Corbynism, Gilets Jaunes, Extinction Rebellion and other new struggles, but he paved the way for them. This book shows the road to socialism remains open.”

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