Financial Appeal for a Translation of Livio Maitan’s memoirs

9th Jul 2017

Financial appeal to translate and publish Towards a history of the Fourth International

 – the testimony of a communist against the current by Livio Maitan​

Resistance Books and the IIRE are ​appealing for funds for the English translation of Per una storia della IV internazionale: la testimonianza di un comunista controcorrente​ ​by Livio Maita​n.​

In this book, Livio Maitan (1923-2004) relates his experience of being a revolutionary communist during the second half of the 20th Century. Written by a leading member of the Fourth International and lifelong Marxist, the book is both testimony and an analysis of a 50-year period of great turmoil in Italian and international politics.

The tumultuous period described in this book covers events such as the break of Tito with Stalin, the Chinese revolution, the Soviet invasion of Hungary, the war of liberation in Algeria and Vietnam, and the Cuban revolution. The book also covers the period opened by May 1968. Liv​io​ Maitan joined the Fourth International in 1947. He remained a member of the International leadership until his death. ​From 1991, he was a lead​ing member ​of Rifondazione Comunista. Maitan died in Rome on 16 September 2004.

The book is not just a political history, as Maitan looks for answers to the strategic and programmatic problems his generation faced as it sought to work towards a socialist alternative. A​n english edition will be of interest to activists today seeking alternatives to a world of economic crisis and political turmoil.

​For more information ​about the book, go to and

D​onations in Sterling can be made out to:

By Bank Transfer to
Account name: Resistance
Bank: Co-operative Bank PLC
Sort Code: 080228
Account no.:70186297
and send an email to saying you have made a donation for the translation.

By Paypal to (please state this is for translation appeal)

By cheque made out to Resistance (marked translation appeal) and posted to PO Box 62732 London SW2 9GQ

Donations in Euros to the IIRE

By Bank Transfer to
Address: Postbus 1962, 1000 BZ, Amsterdam
IBAN : NL55INGB0001039161
Bank: ING (Postbus 1800, 1102 BW, Amsterdam)
Please mention ‘Livio’ in your transfer.

By ​Paypal to or via the IIRE website.