- Publisher: Verso Books
- Format: Hardback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 148mm x 210mm x 28mm | 380g
- Publication date: 8 October 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1781681309
- ISBN 13: 9781781681305
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
- Sales rank: 99,719
The extraordinary story of Marinaleda, a communist utopia against all the odds.
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Dan Hancox is a journalist who has written for the "Guardian," the "New Statesman," "Independent," "Frieze," "New Inquiry," "National," "Dazed & Confused," "Q" magazine, "Mute" and the "Wire." He is the author of two ebooks: "Kettled Youth" and "Utopia and the Valley of Dreams."
"""A thoughtful, take-nothing-for-granted account ... this engaging book is as much a study of idealism in practice as it is of life in a highly unusual pueblo. The respectful, intelligent writing places the villagers at the centre of their own story--and that story is fascinating." --"New Statesman""Hancox captures the optimism necessary for alternative ways of doing politics, economics and living together. As the borderline between dream and reality shimmers in the heat of Andalucia, we begin to wonder if living as if change were indeed possible is the very key to making actual change happen. Do we really have any other choice?"--Suzanne Moore, "The" "Guardian""It sounds like science fiction: a small rural town led by a charismatic mayor tries to turn itself into a communist utopia. But it's fact--it's happening right now in Andalucia, and colliding with the region's real-world history of violent rebellion and radicalism. Hancox's book could not be more timely--with Spain on the brink of social crisis and the shadows of the past emerging."--Paul Mason, author of "Why It's Still Kicking Off Everywhere""Dan Hancox's "The Village Against the World" is, for lack of a better word, awesome. ... Hancox's book reads like something one might find on the New York Times best-seller list if it weren't for its subject matter: the anti-authoritarian shenanigans of a Communist village and it's Robin Hood mayor. It's a must-read for anyone interested in radical movements like Occupy Wall Street or the Zapatistas."--"Critical-theory.com"" ""full of lively and genuinely inspiring detail"--David Edgar, "The Guardian"