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May 25, 2017

The British Library - Knowledge Centre

Terrorism, War, Empire, Love, Revolution: Tariq Ali on the Dilemmas of Lenin

Tariq Ali examines the innumerable dilemmas faced by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, leader of the October 1917 uprising and today a widely misunderstood figure.

A political and intellectual colossus, Lenin emerged from the turbulent history of Tsarist Russia and the birth of the international labour movement with great certainty in his aims. Yet the challenges and preoccupations he faced were immense. Is terrorism ever a viable strategy? Is support for imperial wars ever justified? Can politics be made without a party? Was the seizure of power in 1917 morally justified? Should he have parted company from his wife and lived with his lover? What to do with his realisation, in the last two years of his life, that the Revolution had to be renewed lest it wither and die. 

Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker and one of the most familiar voices of the British Left. He has written more than a dozen books on world history and politics including Pirates of the Caribbean, Bush in Babylon, The Clash of Fundamentalisms and The Obama Syndrome—as well as five novels in his Islam Quintet series and scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of the New Left ReviewThe Dilemmas of Lenin is published by Verso Books.

Enjoy food and drink purchased from the Knowledge Centre Bar from 18:00 and after the event until the Bar closes at 22:00.

Tickets: Full Price £8.00; Member £5.00; Under-18 £5.00 (other concessions available).

7.00pm – 8.30pm

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