Berlin: Izdatel'stvo Biulletenia Oppozitsii, 1932. Octavo (20 × 14.3 cm). Original printed wrappers on red stock; 159,  pp. A very good, partially uncut and unopened copy.
First edition. Published in Russian and German in Berlin in 1932, this text about the nature of fascism was Leon Trotsky’s attempt to unify the International Left Opposition. Trotsky (born Bronstein, 1879–1940) was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1929, following a power struggle with Stalin, and wrote this work as a direct attack on Stalinism. Stalinist bureaucracy, he claimed, was a manifestation of a crisis within the proletarian leadership which led to the rise of fascism. The text was translated into many European languages shortly after this initial publication, providing the International Left Opposition with theoretical clarity and a program of action after Stalin’s rise to power in the late 1920s. Hitler would come to power exactly a year after the book’s publication in January 1933, with this text becoming equally undesirable in Germany and the Soviet Union.
Scarce in the trade.
Book ID: 51909