BOOK REVIEWS/COMPTES RENDUS Pensiero e azione politica de Lev Trockij. Edited by Francesca Gori. Two volumes. Fir- enze: Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, 1982. 697 pp. no price listed. These volumes are representative of a distinctly, if not uniquely, Italian genre: international conference proceedings dealing with a major historical figure and pub- lished in several languages (in this case, mostly English and Italian, secondarily French, German, and Spanish). Like many others in the genre (above all those produced by Feltrinelli), the quality of the collection as a whole is remarkably high, especially given that the figure in question is so controversial and the articles so numerous. The conference was held in 1980 to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Trot- gky's assassination, and the resulting volumes do seem worthy, in thoroughness and elegance, of the character they portray. In the words of the conference organizer, Trotsky was'certainly "one of the most eminent revolutionary figures of our century" (p. 14), and the record he left of his life and thought is astonishingly full. The present volumes leave few of them unexamined: as we retravel Trotsky's long revolutionary road-from early exile in Siberia, to 1905, to second exile, to his analysis of pre-rev-
The Soviet and Post Soviet Review – Brill
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