By Cathy Porter
Alexandra Kollontai (1872-1952) was once the one lady in Lenin’s executive, and essentially the most recognized girls in Russian heritage. She used to be a progressive who observed the revolution develop into below she had dreamed, and all through her existence she passionately defended its actual beliefs. She believed too that actual political swap may merely include a metamorphosis in own and kin relationships.
Her existence, either in my view and politically, was once stormy. Born into the aristocracy, she grew to become concerned early in radical circles, and her lifelong preoccupation with women’s emancipation begun together with her painful determination to go away her husband and baby. She labored tirelessly all her existence, a super speaker, author and organiser, and her principles are as an important this present day as they have been in her personal time. This compelling biography documents the lifetime of a outstanding lady and the dramatic interval within which she lived.
Cathy Porter was once born in Oxford in 1947 and grew up there. She spent a yr in Poland prior to learning Russian and Czech at London collage. for the reason that then she has develop into deeply considering the political existence and highbrow principles of 19th- and twentieth-century Russia. She is the writer of Fathers and Daughters: Russian ladies in Revolution, and translator of Kollontai’s fiction Love of employee Bees (also released through Virago). Cathy Porter lives in London and divides her time among trans lating, educating literacy and discovering into Russian history.
The Merlin Press lately published the second revised edition.(5 July 2013)
According to web page numbers(296 pages), i believe this new version is a condensed and abridged model. So my model is the infrequent whole unabridged edition.
Originally scanned by means of me,not OCR'd, bookmarked, pages numbered, front/back cover
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Alexandra Kollontai: A Biography by Cathy Porter