On the 150th anniversary of the bloody defeat of the Paris Commune, dozens of publishers across the world commemorate its legacy and continued importance for the working people of the world. Paris Commune 150, published in a range of languages reflective of the diversity of the working class, collects historic texts from Karl Marx and V.I. Lenin with important reflections from scholars Vijay Prashad and Tings Chak. This short book is imbued with designs and cultural materials reflective of the Commune’s commitment to use art to usher in a new world from the ruins of past empires.
Twenty left publishers from around the world release a joint edition including two essential texts by Che Guevara on the fifty-third anniversary of his assassination by the CIA in Bolivia. These texts, with insight from Aijaz Ahmad and María del Carmen Ariet García, provide us with a clear and resolute summation of Che’s spirit of conviction, scientific insights, human compassion, and unrelenting will to achieve the victory of the oppressed over the oppressors.
This volume, produced by six publishing houses in six languages, collects three of Mariátegui’s texts along with an introduction by the Brazilian Marxist intellectual Florestan Fernandes (1920-1995) and a preface by the collective from the Escuela José Carlos Mariátegui (Argentina).
LeftWord Books and our partner publishing houses in India gave the call for Red Books Day to be held on 21 February 2020 as a way to fight back against the unreason of the far right. We asked people around the world to go into public places and hold readings of The Communist Manifesto in their own languages. The effort was immediately supported by the International Assembly of the Peoples and by several political parties, publishing houses, bookstores, writers, and artists. The Indian designer Orijit Sen created the logo; Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research developed a range of posters.
LeftWord Books (India), Expressão Popular (Brazil), and Batalla de Ideas (Argentina) – in collaboration with Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research have produced a joint commemorative book called Lenin 150. This volume collects Lenin’s 1913 essay on ‘The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism’, Vladimir Mayakovsky’s epic poem written at Lenin’s death (1924), and a brief essay by Vijay Prashad on the theory and praxis of Lenin.