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The Death of An Idea


There are some books on history that are factually correct. They get all the dates in the right order and they aspire for objectivity and analysis. But they are about as exciting to read as the acceptance conditions on the latest mobile phone update. 

Fortunately there are other ways to tell a story.  

This is a story of a movement and the man who fought to see it come to light. A man wanted in 24 countries around the world, a man who tried to rob the bank of Spain (Casa del Papel Version 1), a man who was as dab hand as an assassin as he was at peeling potatoes. A man called Buenaventura Durruti and he has a story to tell, unlike any other.

This story, 'based on true events', recounts the lead up to the Spanish Civil War from the perspective of the one man in particular and the movement he came to represent. A man who died at the outbreak of the Civil War, and with him - according to historians - his ideas too. 

For the past 80 years this has been the hope and wishes from many quarters of the world for it was an ideology that brought together all those that dreamt of a better society. However, distinct from other revolutionary movements of the time, it sought not only to eliminate the exploitation of man by man, but also the dominion of man over man.

A society where authoritarianism could not thrive, where education was free throughout life (and free of political and religious influence). A society in which land and property was owned by everyone and the police were ‘defunded’ because people policed themselves. Health care was free, and above all, there was no need for a central government, as local collectives decided on what was important for the people in each area.

Many claimed such lofty ideals were no more than utopian dreams, until 1936 when such dreams became a reality for millions.

Coming Sept 2020: Pre-order a copy below and it will be sent to you before it is distributed to any other retailers. 


Special PDF on Images with links to videos and visual related to life and death of Durruti and the anarchist movement in Spain. 

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