Blogging about Angelica Balabanoff

8.05.2015 Posted in Red Writing No Comments

Dear Reader, If you have been following my blog, you know that my new book, a biography of Angelica Balabanoff, The Strange Comrade Balabanoff: The Life of a Communist Cover of the bookRebel, due to be published by McFarland Publishers in October 2015.

To celebrate this publication, the result of a four-year work and research, starting from May 2015, the articles in my blog will be devoted to my heroine. They will tell about Angelica, her life, hobbies, favorite recipes, her numerous friends, many of whom had an interesting life, which is worth being told, and last but not least I’ll will also publish the extracts from my book.

So who is Angelica and why did I want to write about her?

A photo of Angelica taken by  Judy Kelly in 1956 in RomeBorn in 1878 in a dazzlingly rich family in Chernigov, Angelica broke ties with her parents and left for Europe, to become one of the leading female socialists of the European labor movement at the beginning of the 20th century. She was famous in Italy for “discovering” Mussolini, when he was an unknown socialist, and being the first person who “polished and educated” the future Duce. For a long time, it was thought that Mussolini’s eldest daughter Edda was the daughter of Angelica. She returned to Russia at the beginning of the October Revolution. Highly respected within the European socialist movement, her mere presence in Russia during the Revolution served as real publicity for what was happening in the country.

Angelica fled Russia, disagreeing with Lenin’s politics. She was accused by European and American secret services of promoting communist propaganda and by the Soviets of becoming a traitor. Angelica died in Rome at the age of 96 concluding her 65-year long career by helping Giuseppe Saragat to become a President of Italy.

The first article, published next week, on Friday May 15, will be devoted to Angelica’s friend Raya Dunaevskaya-Fench.

To learn more about Angelica visit the page About Angelica.

Hope you will enjoy reading about Angelica, while awaiting the publication of the book!

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