Outrage: An Anarchist Memoir of the Penal Colony

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This memoir of Clément Duval, a famed 19th-century French anarchist and criminal, details his sentence and eventual escape from the “dry guillotine” of the French penal colonies on Devil’s Island. In this remarkable story of survival by self-determination, courage, conviction, and hope, Duval discusses the hellish conditions endured in the penal colonies for 14 years. More than a historical document about the anarchist movement, this memoir serves as a call to action for mindful, conscious people to fight for ...

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Outrage: An Anarchist Memoir of the Penal Colony

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Overview

This memoir of Clément Duval, a famed 19th-century French anarchist and criminal, details his sentence and eventual escape from the “dry guillotine” of the French penal colonies on Devil’s Island. In this remarkable story of survival by self-determination, courage, conviction, and hope, Duval discusses the hellish conditions endured in the penal colonies for 14 years. More than a historical document about the anarchist movement, this memoir serves as a call to action for mindful, conscious people to fight for their rights and stands as a monument to the enduring power of the human spirit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604865004
  • Publisher: PM Press
  • Publication date: 8/24/2012
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Clément Duval was an infamous 19th-century French illegalist, propagandist, and anarchist. Michael Shreve is a writer, a translator, and a language teacher. His works include first English translations by Voltaire, Jean Meslier, Marcel Schwob, and John Antoine Nau. Marianne Enckell is an author, an editor, a translator, and a librarian at the International Centre for Research on Anarchism.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the English Edition 1

Chapter 1 I Rebelled Because It Was My Right 7

Chapter 2 The Healthiest Penitentiary in Guiana 23

Chapter 3 You Can Have My Fat, But Not My Skin 41

Chapter 4 To Shake a Friendly Hand 55

Chapter 5 The Guillotine's Blade 67

Chapter 6 A Most Unusual Stash 81

Chapter 7 Spreading the Good Word 103

Chapter 8 David and Ballin 125

Chapter 9 When You Speak to Me Like That 135

Chapter 10 The Anarchist Plate 149

Chapter 11 The Saint Joseph's Massacre 163

Chapter 12 Never Go to the Penal Colony 173

Biographies 183

Bibliography 195

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