Jan Waclaw Machajski

A Radical Critic Of The Russian Intelligensia And Socialism

Marshall S. Shatz

It took Mama and Galya two weeks to walk to Kiev [in 1919]. They deliberately dressed to look like beggars; in actual fact, this is what they were. Galya went without glasses, and walked holding on to Mama's shoulder, like a blind woman. No one would have believed them to be poor if Galya had worn her glasses. Everyone treated people in glasses suspiciously in those violent times. They thought them cunning enemies, and hated them bitterly. It is amazing that this distrust of people wearing glasses has persisted up to the present time.

- Konstantin Paustovsky,

The Story of a Life



CHAPTER 1-Poland and Siberia

CHAPTER 2-The "New Class"

CHAPTER 3-The Intelligentsia and Socialism

CHAPTER 4-The "Socialization of Knowledge"

CHAPTER 5 The "Workers' Conspiracy" and the Russian Revolutionary Movement

CHAPTER 6-Cracow-Paris-Moscow

CHAPTER 7-Makhaevism After Machajski

APPENDIX-Machajski's May Day Appeal of 1902


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