By Victor Serge, Richard Greeman
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1919-1920. St. Petersburg, urban of the tsars, has fallen to the revolution. Camped out within the most excellent palaces of the previous regime, the recent masters of the town search to cement their keep watch over, whilst the counter-revolutionary White military musters its forces. Conquered urban, Victor Serge's hardest and so much unrelenting narrative, is based like a detective story--one within which the recent political regime seeks to trace down and get rid of its enemies--the spies, speculators, and traitors hidden one of the exhausted mass of universal humans. Conquered urban is ready terror: the pink Terror and the White Terror. yet as a rule in regards to the pink, concerning the Communists who've dared to choose up the guns of power--police, weapons, jails, spies, treachery--in the gamble that wielding them with purity, in a righteous reason, they could positioned an finish to the necessity for terror, maybe ceaselessly. And but those that wield those guns comprehend that they're doomed. Conquered urban is their tragedy and testomony.
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VICTOR SERGE Lytaev replied softly. " “ Yes , that’5thε worst of it. 50 they steal. With the cloth from the tunics they make slippers that sell for forty rubles on the market. The workers have to livε but the Revolution must not be killed. When 1 tell them this , some of them answεrmε: ‘ Isn’t it killing us? " “ ... " “ With them and for them. Othζrwise ， they will never be men. Despite them , if necessary. ‘ Policeman? ’ 1 told them. ‘ Okay, 1’m not afraid of words. Insult me as much as you like , 1’m your comrade and your brother, maybe that’5 what 1’'m here for: but 1 will defend against you what belongs to the Republic.
Burn. " Last year, beforε the Austrian Socialist leader had let down two revolutions. the formζr Horse Guards Strζet hadbεζn renamed Friζdζrick 18 . VICTOR SERGE Adler 5treet. Fζw peoplε knew its presζnt name. Barriιades 5treζt; the habit of a century was too heavy for it. Number 12 was a tall commonplace dweUing with crumbling courtyards , crushed under thε desperate grayness of old apartmεnt buildings. Thεre ， for sixty years , meticulous lives had followed their inconspicuous courses. 1here.
Nothing but the sword is left under the crucifix. “ Whoever would save his soul wi11lose it .... " We11, 1’ 11 be glad to lose my sou l. Who cares? lt would' be a strange luxury to worry abouc it today. Old texts , old , old inner captivity. What haven’t they built on the Gospel! Destroy! Destroy! Thε main ching is to descroy thoroughly. To be afraid of words , of old ideas , of old fcεelings， those feelings that are so firmly riveted into our bεings ， by which che old world sti11 holds us. A poor fighter hε who holds back thinking, when it is necessary to reload your rifle and shoot with thε greatest concentration-iìke shooting dummies on a rifle range-at the men climbing that hi11 over there.
Conquered City by Victor Serge, Richard Greeman