Talk on the Vietnamese Revolution
June 08, 2011 19:00Tagged as:
Book Launch of 'In the Cross fire: adventures of a Vietnamese revolutionary 'Housmans Bookshop, 5 caledonian rd, kings cross 7pm
Ngo Van, Viet Revolutionary - Housmans/London, Wed 8 June
Wednesday, June 8 · 7:00pm - 9:30pm
5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross N1 9DX
London, United Kingdom
Ngo Van: Vietnamese Revolutionary with Hilary Horrocks and Simon Pirani
Ngo Van joined the struggle against the French colonial regime in Vietnam as a teenager in the 1920s, suffering imprisonment and hardship. But when revolution swept Vietnam at the end of the Second World War, the Stalinists of the Vietnamese Communist Party took control and tried physically to eliminate other socialists and anti-colonialists. Van escaped this massacre, in which many of his comrades were murdered. From 1948 he lived in exile in Paris, where he took a factory job and participated in workers’ movements before, during and after the 1968 general strike.
Van, who died in 2005, wrote extensively about Vietnamese worker and peasant resistance, both to French colonialism and to Ho Chi Minh’s brand of Stalinism, helping to hand that history on to later generations.
In The Crossfire, published by AK Press, is the English edition of Ngo Van’s autobiography. Hilary Horrocks, one of the book’s translators, will talk about this unique eye-witness account of a little-known aspect of the anti-colonial struggle, and read from Van’s vivid story of secret meetings, arrests, torture, battles and insurrection. Simon Pirani, who researched the history of Vietnamese Trotskyism and edited some of Van’s earlier English-language publications, will also speak. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion from all.
‘In the Crossfire: Adventures of a Vietnamese Revolutionary’, by Ngo Van
Published by AK Press, 2010