Glasgow Book Launch

Livio Maitan: Memoirs of a Critical Communist


Memoirs of a Critical Communist: Towards a history of the Fourth International by Livio Maitan
ISBN 978-0-85036-756-0

Scottish Launch at Renfield St Stephens Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JP

Preface by Daniel Bensaid | Edited by Penelope Duggan | Translated by Gregor Benton

Livio Maitan's Memoirs of a Critical Communist tells of the life of a revolutionary Italian communist in the second half of the 20th century. From his early commitment to communism in 1942, under fascism in Italy, Maitan chose to be 'against the current' by rejecting both Stalinism and social democracy, and charted a course towards democratic and revolutionary Marxism.

Penelope Duggan, who edited the book and worked with Livio Maitan, will introduce a discussion on the strategic and programmatic problems being faced in the struggle for a democratic socialist alternative to the current political moment. Penelope Duggan is editor of International Viewpoint.

The book is published jointly by Resistance Books (, Merlin Press (, and the International Institute for Research and Education (Amsterdam). It retails at £20.

Paperback: 464 pages, including four pages of b&w photographs