Petition for Verso Books and Monthly Review Press to Publish Domenico Losurdo’s biography of Stalin

I have created a petition to get either Verso Books or Monthly Review Press to publish an English edition of Professor Domenico Losurdo’s biography of Stalin. Sign and share it. Here is the full text of the petition as well as the link to it below:

In 2008, Italian professor Domenico Losurdo has his book, Stalin: A History and Critique of a Black Legend published. From the original Italian, it has since then been published in French, Spanish, and German. Ten years after the fact, there is still no plans by any leftist publisher to publish an English language version of this book.

Why is this? A lot of it stems from the almost universal condemnation of Joseph Stalin amongst the left in the Anglo-world. However, it has been long overdue to set the record straight on Stalin’s legacy, especially in this section of the Western world, where outright lies and myths fabricated about Stalin are spoken as fact.

This is a slap in the face to the leader of the former Soviet Union who led the Red Army in the heroic efforts to beat back the fascist Nazi menace all the way back to Berlin and thus preventing Hitler’s plans to colonise Eastern Europe and to further exterminate all those the Nazis deemed ‘untermensch’.

There is absolutely no reason or excuse to not have such an important work about Joseph Stalin unavailable in English, especially when well-known left-wing publisher, Verso Books, has already published two of Professor Losurdo’s books: War and Revolution and Liberalism: A Counter-History.

To this end, we demand Verso Books to:

Publish Losurdo’s biography of Stalin.

In the event of it being published in English, it should be supplemented with an introduction by Professor Losurdo, not Slavoj Žižek or anyone else.

It must be reasonably priced.

Such a biography should be made offered at an accessible price to ensure that it can reach the hands and computers of the majority of the people. It should not be, for example, the price of Verso’s edition of Lenin’s Collected Works, Volume 1 (which is priced at $60(!)).

If Verso Books is not up to publishing this, 10 years after its initial publication, then we demand that another left-wing publishing house, Monthly Review Press, be in charge of publishing Professor Losurdo’s biography of Stalin. As the publisher of Monthly Review magazine, they pride themselves on being “An Independent Socialist Magazine”. Likewise, that philosophy should continue with their publishing house. In the case that Monthly Review Press does so, the demands for Verso Books apply to them as well.


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