In the Crossfire: Adventures of a Vietnamese Revolutionary

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Five years later, Vietnamese independence was won, and Van found himself imprisoned and abused once more—this time by the Stalinist freedom fighter Ho Chi Minh. Five years after that, Van was in Pari In , Ngo Van was captured, imprisoned, and tortured in the dreaded Maison Centrale prison in Saigon for his part in the struggle to free Vietnam from French colonial rule.

Five years after that, Van was in Paris, working with the surrealists. In the Crossfire documents Ngo Van's incredible life in Vietnam during the two world wars, and his subsequent years spent in the midst of the Parisian intelligentsia. This is the first English translation!

In the Crossfire: Adventures of a Vietnamese Revolutionary

Like so much of the struggle against colonialism, for every victory there seems to be a defeat. Yet, history moves forward because, as Van makes clear, people make it move forward. A History of the Weather Underground Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about In the Crossfire , please sign up.

Lists with This Book. Dec 07, James rated it it was amazing.

I loved this book. You often forget that Vietnam was a hub of Trotskiest and other anti-stalin socialist activist versus the colonial regime, and was brutally wiped out by their so-called Stalinist allies.

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Pretty good and a fascinating look at a very forgotten chapter in history. Jul 12, Daniel rated it really liked it Shelves: Read the Appendices first, it will dramatically improve the understanding of the narrative.

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Alec rated it really liked it Mar 27, Stewart Thorpe rated it it was amazing Aug 17, Luke Gavin rated it it was amazing Aug 17, Mirza Sultan-Galiev rated it it was amazing Nov 13, Laura rated it really liked it Apr 02, It was obvious that if Bao Dai triumphed they would remain slaves of the bourgeoisie and the landowners. If Ho Chi Minh won, the workers and peasants would simply have changed masters, being at the mercy of a rapacious state-capitalist bureaucracy, as in Russia and China.

The second essential condition for such a utopian realization was that the social transformation in the Southeast Asian corner of the world would have to spark a chain reaction among other proletarians all over the planet. To this the Trotskyists in France replied: The UOI broke up in For a Socialist Ethic], edited by Maximilien Rubel For an epigraph, Maxime had chosen an astonishing quotation by Marx himself: I am not a Marxist.

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I had thus already had a certain connection with Maxime even before I met him. Nguyen An Ninh, the revolutionary who had awakened my own consciousness in —, had been strongly influenced by Nietzsche. The Marxian ethic is characterized by its amoralism and by its essentially pragmatic approach. Like Spinoza, Marx brought man into the eternal cycle of infinite nature and assigned him the ideal of fulfilling his own total human potential.

Marx also brought the utopian future into the present struggle. By becoming conscious of their own alienation, the workers become capable both of destroying capitalist society and of building a utopia — a society without a state, without classes, and without money. Although Marx never used the term, at its deepest level his critique essentially amounts to anarchism.

In the Crossfire, Adventures of a Vietnamese Revolutionary

In his later book, Marx critique du marxisme [Marx as a Critic of Marxism] , Maxime quotes the following passage from Marx: Maxime repeatedly stressed and illustrated this essential sentence of Marx: Maxime also stressed that we needed to become more familiar with the groupings that had been eliminated by the large, official political and labor-union organizations. Their ideas and actions had been completely smothered. Details Although the Vietnam War is still well known, few people are aware of the decades of struggles against the French colonial regime that preceded it, many of which had no connection with the Stalinists Ho Chi Minh's Communist Party.

The Stalinists were ultimately victorious, but only because they systematically destroyed all the other oppositional currents.

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In the Crossfire: Adventures of a Vietnamese Revolutionary [Ngo Van, Ken Knabb, Hélène Fleury] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the Crossfire: Adventures of a Vietnamese Revolutionary is an English In the Crossfire belongs on the shelf of every serious scholar of Vietnamese history.

This book is the story of those other movements and revolts, caught in the crossfire between the French and the Stalinists, told by one of the few survivors. Ngo Van's In the Crossfire is one of those rare books like Voline's The Unknown Revolution or Orwell's Homage to Catalonia that almost singlehandedly unveils moments of hidden history—sublime moments when people break through the bounds of the "possible"?

Adventures of a Vietnamese Revolutionary is an English translation of Ngo Van's fascinating and gripping autobiography, originally published in two volumes in France in and In the Crossfire belongs on the shelf of every serious scholar of Vietnamese history, and is sure to be a compelling read for anyone interested in the revolutionary history of the twentieth century and beyond. Ngo Van was born in a peasant village in Vietnam in As a young man he moved to Saigon and became involved in underground struggles against the French colonial regime.