Books: Disappointed Rebel

MY LIFE As A REBEL—Angelica Balabanoff—Harper ($3.75).

Thirty-four years ago, an ardent young Russian girl named Angelica Balabanoff spoke at a Socialist meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was no new experience for her. She had left her comfortable, stuffy, middle-class home at 17; studied at Brussels, Berlin, Rome; joined the Italian Socialist Party; edited a women's paper. As a speaker she had been cheered by radicals and chased by reactionaries until she lost all self-consciousness on the platform. But during her speech at Lausanne, she was distracted by the most wretched-looking human being who...

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