Prison Memoirs of an AnarchistPaperback New York Review Books (Paperback)
- Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
- Format: Paperback | 500 pages
- Dimensions: 127mm x 198mm x 30mm | 522g
- Publication date: 30 September 1999
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 094032234X
- ISBN 13: 9780940322349
- Illustrations note: illustrations port.
- Sales rank: 433,688
In 1892, Alexander Berkman, Russian emigre, anarchist, and lover of Emma Goldman, attempted to assassinate industrialist Henry Clay Frick. The act was intended both as retribution for the massacre of workers in the Homestead strike and as an incitement to revolution. Captured and sentenced to serve a prison term of twenty-two years, Berkman struggled to make sense of the shadowy and brutalized world of the prison-one that hardly conformed to revolutionary expectation.
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Alexander Berkman was born of a prosperous Jewish family in Russia in 1870 and emigrated to America as a young man. Deported for political reasons from the U.S. in 1919, he went to the Soviet Union, from which he was in turn expelled. "Expelled again and again," he once wrote. "Must get off the earth, but am still here."