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Outrage: An Anarchist Memoir of the Penal Colony


Manufacturer: PM Press

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"Clément Duval (1850-1935) was an infamous French illegalist, propagandist, and anarchist who was found guilty in 1886 of theft and attempted murder of a police officer. Originally sentenced to death, Duval had his sentence commuted to deportation and hard labour in French Guiana prison camps. In 1887, Duval joined the tens of thousands of convicts sent to the 'dry guillotine' of the French penal colonies. Few survived, and fewer were able to tell the stories of their life in that hell. Duval spent fourteen years doing hard labour - espousing the values of anarchism and demonstrating the ideals by being a living example the entire time - before making his daring escape with fellow inmates on a rickety boat and arriving in New York City in 1901, welcomed by the Italian and French anarchists there. In 1929 Italian anarchist Luigi Galleani translated and published his full memoirs as Memorie Autobiografiche.

This is much more than an historical document about the anarchist movement and the penal colony. It is a remarkable story of survival by one man’s self-determination, energy, courage, loyalty, and hope. It was thanks to being true and faithful to his ideals that Duval survived life in this hell. Unlike the well-known prisoner Papillon, who arrived and dramatically escaped soon after Duval, he encouraged his fellow prisoners to practice mutual aid, through their deeds and not just their words. It is a call to action for mindful, conscious people to fight for their rights to the very end, to never give up or give in."

PM Press, 2012.

Product Code: 9781604865004

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