Freedom: My Dream

 
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The autobiography of Enrico Arrigoni: an Italian anarchist who lived through the Russian Revolution, and was an anarchist war correspondent during the Spanish Revolution, seeing first hand and reporting on the iniquities of the communists as well as the fascists during that war.

This autobiography was originally published by Arrigoni and the Libertarian Book Club (which he helped start, in New York, and which still continues to this day), and went out of print and has been hard to find. This is an updated version that we are excited to present to anarchist readers who are interested in history, or who just like an exciting life story well told. Arrigoni went by many names (most commonly Frank Brand) in his illegal travels around the world, and escaped from many harrowing situations, including being held in one of the most brutal jails in Spain during the revolutionary time (his release was effected only through the personal efforts of some people including Emma Goldman).

The book is in two main sections, the first about his life and travels and adventures, the second about Spain - being reprints of his articles sent to the u.s. from many of the fronts of the war.

Arrigoni's character comes through every page, with humility, humor, a love of life, and a dedication to egoism, a kind of anarchy that was less popular in his day than it is even today. Now with a new cover that reflects the warmth of his personality.

Table of Contents

Introduction & Youth

Autobiography

Spain

A Visit to Montjuic

On My Way to Madrid

On the Jarama Front

On the Guadalajara Front

An Italian Prisoner

Following the Footprint of the Glorious Army of Mussolini

An Interview with Federica Montseny

Conversing with Diego Abad De Santillan

When the Moon Shines It is a Night of Tears in Madrid

The Revolutionary People of Barcelona in Arms

The Party of Falsehood and Gallows

On the Aragon Front

For La Mancha and the South

Catastrophic Revolutionarism

On the Andaluz Front

The Incurable Anarchists Faith among Creators

On the Front of Malaga

Freedom under the Anarchists in Catalonia and Now

The War on the Sea of Spain or the Unknown War

On the Front of Teruel

Again on the Guadalajara Front

Anarchist Simplicity of Mind

Behind the Bars of the Counterrevolution

Postscript: The Libertarian Book Club