Item #863 the confession. artur london.
the confession
the confession
the confession

the confession

first american edition, 1970.

translated from the french by alistair hamilton. an autobiographical account of the czechoslovak communist politican artur london, one of few high-ranking party officials to survive the show trials.

a communist since age 14, london was an active fighter in the spanish civil war. during world war ii, he was active in the french resistance until he was arrested by the nazis and sent to a concentration camp. after the war, london became a leading official in the communist party in czechoslovakia. in 1951 he was arrested and sentenced to life in prison on falsely accusations of crimes against the state in a party purging show trial. after over a year of torture, london "confessed" and collaborated with authorities in prosecuting other communists. he was released in 1956 following joseph stalin's 1953 death, london was released. in 1968, london and his co-defendants were exonerated.

he published his account of his ordeals that same year. the french edition, "L’Aveu," was released by editions gallimard.

new york: william morrow & company., inc. 8.5 x 5.5". hardcover. bound in paper and cloth-covered boards. book condition: light toning to boards. mild shelfwear throughout. near fine. jacket condition: mild shelfwear throughout. small chips to spine. vunclipped ($7.95). very good +. Item #863

Price: $75.00

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