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The author of the book: Alexander Berkman
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El veintitrés de julio de 1892, Alexander Berkman entró en la oficina del magnate Henry Clay Frick para matarlo. El asesinato sería, en la tradición libertaria, un attentat, una acción política violenta destinada a despertar la conciencia de la clase trabajadora de los Estados Unidos.
Tras ser juzgado y condenado a veintidós años de prisión, Berkman tuvo que hacer frente a una realidad que no se compadecía con su ideario anarquista. Sus memorias son, en este sentido, un doloroso proceso de aprendizaje condicionado por las condiciones brutales impuestas por la vida en prisión.
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Read information about the authorAlexander Berkman (November 21, 1870 – June 28, 1936) was an anarchist known for his political activism and writing. He was a leading member of the anarchist movement in the early 20th century.
Berkman was born in Vilna in the Russian Empire (present-day Vilnius, Lithuania) and emigrated to the United States in 1888. He lived in New York City, where he became involved in the anarchist movement. He was the lover and lifelong friend of anarchist Emma Goldman. In 1892, Berkman made an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate businessman Henry Clay Frick as an act of propaganda of the deed, for which he served 14 years in prison. His experience in prison was the basis for his first book, Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist.
After his release from prison, Berkman served as editor of Goldman's anarchist journal, Mother Earth, and he established his own journal, The Blast. In 1917, Berkman and Goldman were sentenced to two years in jail for conspiracy against the newly instated draft. After their release from prison, they were arrested—along with hundreds of others—and deported to Russia. Initially supportive of that country's Bolshevik revolution, Berkman soon voiced his opposition to the Soviet's use of terror after seizing power and their repression of fellow revolutionaries. In 1925, he published a book about his experiences, The Bolshevik Myth.
While living in France, Berkman continued his work in support of the anarchist movement, producing the classic exposition of anarchist principles, Now and After: The ABC of Communist Anarchism. Suffering from ill health, Berkman committed suicide in 1936.
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