With a new Introduction by E. H. Carr
JONATHAN CAPE PAPERBACK
A veteran among the heretics, Isaac Deutscher was expelled from the Communist Party of Poland in 1932 for ‘exaggerating the danger of Nazism’. When, seven years later, the Nazi danger was beyond exaggeration, Isaac Deutscher came to this country and soon thereafter began a distinguished career as a writer. Often attacked by communists and anti-communists alike, he was most vehemently assailed by ex-communists precisely because he himself never conformed to any of the fashionable orthodoxies.
Heretics and Renegades is a collection of essays which appeared in a number of British, American and French literary and scholarly periodicals. E. H. Carr writes in his Introduction: ‘In the varied fare provided in this volume three articles stand out as illustrating the atmosphere of the time-a picture of the last years of Stalin’s rule written in 1951, a reply to critics of Russia After Stalin, and a description of the first months of the literary thaw after 1953
Bertrand Russell wrote of Heretics and Renegades when it was first published in 1955: ‘Mr Deutscher is to my mind the most intellectually satisfying of the many writers on Soviet Russia… he deserves our gratitude for treating every subject that he discusses in a large historical spirit, without heated partisanship.”
Isaac Deutscher was the author of Stalin: A Political Biography, Russia After Stalin, Soviet Trade Unions and the monumental Trotsky trilogy. In 1967, the year of his death, he delivered the G. M. Tre velyan Lectures at Cambridge, which were recently published as The Unfinished Revolution and translated into thirteen languages.
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