Verso End of Year Highlights 2017
We present our 2017 publishing highlights: books that engage with the turbulent global crisis in which we find ourselves, as well as narratives of solidarity and radicalism that offer hope for the year ahead.
See the guide below - split into sections such as US and UK politics, Art and Photography, Theory and Philosophy, as well as our Russian Revolution reading.
See also our Gift Guide and Verso Reading Lists.
RUSSIAN REVOLUTION >>>
On the centenary of the Russian Revolution, China Miéville tells the extraordinary story of this pivotal moment in history.
In a panoramic sweep, stretching from St Petersburg and Moscow to the remotest villages of a sprawling empire, Miéville uncovers the catastrophes, intrigues and inspirations of 1917, in all their passion, drama and strangeness. Here is a breathtaking story of humanity at its greatest and most desperate; of a turning point for civilisation that still resonates loudly today.
"This gripping account is a re-enactment of the Russian Revolution... His writing can be as passionate as that of the poets of the time: Alexander Blok, Mikhail Kuzmin, Marina Tsvetaeva, to mention some of those quoted here. Miéville's own special effects are of a piece with them." – Financial Times
On the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Tariq Ali paints an illuminating portrait of Lenin.
V. I. Lenin’s originality and importance as a revolutionary leader is most often associated with the seizure of power in 1917. But, in this new study and collection of Lenin’s original texts, Slavoj Žižek argues that his true greatness can be better grasped in the last two years of his political life.
CURRENT AFFAIRS / GLOBAL ECONOMICS >>>
A heartbreaking, full-color graphic novel of the refugee drama.
Cultural production under Mao, and how artists and thinkers found autonomy in a culture of conformity.
The myths—and reality—behind the state of Israel.
A radical Latina perspective on race, liberation, and identity.
POP SCIENCE >>>
Everywhere we turn, a startling new device promises to transfigure our lives. But at what cost? In this urgent and revelatory excavation of our Information Age, leading technology thinker Adam Greenfield forces us to reconsider our relationship with the networked objects, services and spaces that define us. It is time to re-evaluate the Silicon Valley consensus determining the future.
US POLITICS >>>
The story of the remarkable resurgence of right-wing extremists in the United States.
Lives from an invisible community—the migrant farmworkers of the United States
See all the books in our Voices of Witness series here.
UK POLITICS >>>
After the election, with all the artillery still ranged against Corbyn, and with all the weaknesses of the Left’s revival, Seymour asks what Corbyn can do with his newfound success.
We are living in an age with unprecedented levels of poverty. Who are the new poor? And what can we do about it? Stephen Armstrong travels across Britain to tell the stories of those who are most vulnerable. On the seventy-fifth anniversary of the 1942 Beveridge report—what can we do to stop the destruction of our welfare state?
A toxic ideology of extreme competition and individualism has come to dominate our world. It misrepresents human nature, destroying hope and common purpose. Only a positive vision can replace it, a new story that re-engages people in politics and lights a path to a better future. Urgent and passionate, Out of the Wreckage provides the hope and clarity required to change the world.
A classic history of the role of Black working-class struggles throughout the twentieth century.
SOLIDARITY AND RADICALISM >>>
With racial justice struggles on the rise, a probing collection considers the past and future of Black radicalism.
What is the true meaning of happiness? Lynne Segal explores the radical potential of being together.
A longtime movement insider's powerful account of the origins of today's protest movements and what they can achieve now.
Essays tracing the intellectual life of a quintessential New York City writer and thinker.
MEMOIR / BIOGRAPHY >>>
C. L. R. James was a protean twentieth-century Marxist intellectual, widely recognized as a pioneering scholar of slave revolt and a leading voice of Pan-Africanism. This long-awaited revised edition of a classic biography highlights his importance as a peripatetic revolutionary and scholar in US and UK radical movements.
The brilliant family memoir of the much-beloved poet and political campaigner
Delving into her own life and those who left their mark on it, Lynne Segal journeys through time to consider her generation of female dreamers, the experiences that formed them, what they have left to the world, and how they are remembered in a period when pessimism pervades public life.
The classic graphic biography of Che Guevara—the most iconic revolutionary of the twentieth century.
In Redemption Song, Mike Marqusee argues that Ali was not only a boxer but a remarkable political figure in a decade of tumultuous change. Playful, popular, always confrontational, Ali refashioned the role of a political activist and was central, alongside figures such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, to the black liberation and the anti-war movements. Marqusee shows that sport and politics were always intertwined, and this is the reason why Ali remained an international beacon of hope, long after he had left the ring.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND CITIES >>>
A cutting exploration of how cities drive climate change while being on the frontlines of the coming climate crisis.
In a dialogue between science and history, The Shock of the Anthropocene dissects a new theoretical buzzword and explores paths for living and acting politically in this rapidly developing geological epoch.
A radical history of squatting and the struggle for the right to remake the city.
50 years on from Lefebvre's The Right to the City we ask, who is the city for? This FREE ebook includes contributions from Anna Minton, Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, David Adler, Huw Lemmey, and more.
This rediscovered modernist classic tells the story of a young woman who, while still traumatized by the Second World War, struggles to resign herself to domesticity and motherhood. Slowly consumed by a weight of circumstances beyond her control, Berta endures the deep hypocrisies and the abiding cruelty of everyday life, behind which bloody tragedy threatens to break free.
The Weight of Things was Fritz’s debut novel and the first of her books to be translated into English. It won her tremendous acclaim and was awarded the Robert Walser Prize in 1978. In her lyrical debut, she reveals herself as a brilliant and masterful satirist, whose work is philosophically minded yet raging with anger and wit.
ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY >>>
In this singular book written during World War Two, Bertolt Brecht presents a devastating visual and lyrical attack on war under modern capitalism.
What is the function of art in the era of digital globalization? In Duty Free Art, filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl wonders how we can appreciate, or even make art, in the present age.
Leading artists, theorists, and writers exhume the dystopian and utopian futures contained within the present.
THEORY AND PHILOSOPHY >>>
One of the most rigorous and nuanced analyses of the intersections of class and race, looking towards movements like Black Lives Matter to offer new grounds for the difficult work of building solidarity.
A radical call for solidarity between humans and non-humans.
A comprehensive philosophy of contemporary life and politics, by one of the sharpest critics of the present.
What happened to the public intellectuals that used to challenge and inform us? Who is the Sartre or De Beauvoir of the internet age? General Intellects is a guide to the thinkers and ideas that will shape the future.
Perry Anderson’s essay “The Antimonies of Antonio Gramsci,” first published in New Left Review in 1976, was an explosive analysis of the central strategic concepts in the thought of the great Italian Marxist.
A new preface in this book considers the objections the essay provoked and the reasons for them. This edition also includes the first English translation of Athos Lisa’s report on Gramsci’s lectures in prison.
Why are cities centres of power? A sociological analysis of urban politics.
RADICAL THINKERS >>>
Classic study of Jewish libertarian thought, from Walter Benjamin to Franz Kafka
Essays on Judaism in the modern world, from philosophy and history to art and politics.
A bravura exploration of politics and writing in dark times.
A reinterpretation of thinkers from Benjamin and Rosenzweig to Simone Weil and Derrida.
The story of how a chemical weapon went from the battlefield to the streets.
A fascinating history of the political theory of hegemony.
The extraordinary story of one of slavery’s earliest and most redoubtable opponents.
The history of the war from the past one hundred years is a history of bombing.
A fascinating account of life as a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain.
What is money, where does it come from, and who controls it? Leading political economist Ann Pettifor explains in straightforward terms history’s most misunderstood invention: the money system.
An introduction to Thomas Piketty’s monumental work.
Radical insider’s account of how the city of London really works.
How finance is a mechanism of social and political domination.
A groundbreaking debunking of moderate attempts to resolve financial crises.
In The Origin of Capitalism, a now-classic work of history, Ellen Meiksins Wood offers readers a clear and accessible introduction to the theories and debates concerning the birth of capitalism, imperialism, and the modern nation state.
FINALLY... THE VERSO RADICAL DIARY 2018 >>>
The 2018 Verso Radical Diary and Weekly Planner is a beautifully designed week-to-view diary and planner where you can keep track of your coming year. Alongside illustrations, it features significant dates in radical history, drawn from events such as the English Civil War and Castro’s victory march in Havana, and touches on the lives of characters such as Rosa Luxemburg and Audre Lorde, and includes movements such as #blacklivesmatter and the Suffragettes.