The following books are ones that I think of or reference in conversation enough for me to think of them as influential on me in some way.

Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

Nadeem Aslam, Maps for Lost Lovers

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, Surfacing, and The Year of the Flood

Isaac Babel, Red Cavalry

Roberto Bolaño, Distant Star, Last Evenings on Earth, Nazi Literature in the Americas, Amulet and 2666

Tadeusz Borowski, This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen

Jorge Luis Borges, “The Aleph,” “Funes the Memorious,” “The Library of Babel,” “The South,” “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote” and “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius”

Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles

Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Life of Galileo, The Caucasian Chalk-Circle and Poems

Gesualdo Bufalino, The Plague Sower

Karel Capek, War with the Newts

Raymond Carver, “Cathedral,” “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” and “So Much Water, So Close to Home”

Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night and Death on the Installment Plan

Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union

Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Philip K. Dick, VALIS, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, The Man in the High Castle and Ubik

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground, Demons and The Brothers Karamazov

William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

Neal Gaiman, American Gods, Neverwhere and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett)

Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies

Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls and “The Overcoat”

Günter Grass, The Tin Drum and “The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising”

Herman Hesse, Beneath the Wheel, Demian, Siddhartha and Magister Ludi (The Glass Bead Game)

James Joyce, Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Franz Kafka, “The Metamorphosis,” “In the Penal Colony,” “A Hunger Artist,” “A Country Doctor,” The Trial and The Castle

Ismail Kedaré, The General of the Dead Army

Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting and The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Jhumpa Lahiri, “Once in a Lifetime,” “Year’s End,” and “Coming Ashore”

H.P. Lovecraft, “The Curious Case of Charles Dexter Ward,” “The Dunwich Horror,” and “At the Mountains of Madness”

Thomas Mann, Buddenbrooks, The Magic Mountain and Dr. Faustus

Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian

China Miéville, Perdido Street Station, The Scar, Iron Council and Embassytown

Walter M. Miller, Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz

Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, A Wild Sheep Chase, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Norwegian Wood, Pinball 1973, South of the Border West of the Sun, after the quake, Blind Willow Sleeping Woman and 1Q84.

W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor’s Edge

Patrick McCabe, The Butcher Boy

Kenzaburo Oe, A Personal Matter and Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness

Ben Okri, The Famished Road

Eugene O’Neill, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Strange Interlude, Mourning Becomes Electra and The Iceman Cometh

George Orwell, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four

Paul Park, Soldiers of Paradise, Sugar Rain and The Cult of Loving Kindness

David Peace, Nineteen Seventy-Four, Nineteen Seventy-Seven, Nineteen Eighty and Nineteen Eighty-Three

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Andrei Platonov, The Foundation Pit

Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass

Carlos Ruíz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Juan Rulfo, The Flaming Plain and Pedro Páramo

Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children and Shame

Victor Serge, The Case of Comrade Tulayev, Midnight in the Century, Conquered City and Unforgiving Years

Bapsi Sidhwa, Ice-Candy Man

Khushwant Singh, Train to Pakistan

Zadie Smith, White Teeth and NW

Rabindranath Tagore, The Home and the World

Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

César Vallejo, The Collected Poetry

William T. Vollman, Europe Central

Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle, Bluebeard, The Sirens of Titan and Slaughterhouse-Five

Émile Zola, Germinal, L’Assomoir and The Masterpiece

Politics, History and Theory

These writings are separated into different categories as far as I have been able to do so. I have given links the full article or book wherever possible and where not, a link to a reliable leftwing publisher you can get it from – or failing that, an evil shipping conglomerate.

History – Pre-Capitalist Class Society

D.D. Kosambi, The Culture and Civilization of Ancient India in Historical Outline

D.D. Kosambi, Myth and Reality

Romila Thapar, Early India: From the Origins to 1300 AD

G.M.E. de Ste. Croix, The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World: From 800 BCE to the Arab Conquests

Neil Faulkner, Rome: Empire of Eagles, 753 BC-476 AD

Neil Faulkner, Apocalypse: The Great Jewish Revolt Against Rome, AD 66-73

Perry Anderson, Passages from Antiquity to Feudalism

Chris Wickham, The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages, 400-1000 AD

Dougal McNeil, “Kings, Queens and Serfs: Feudalism Explained”

History – the Capitalist Transition and the Bourgeois Revolutions

Pepijn Brandon, “The Dutch Revolt: A Social Analysis”

Brian Manning, The English People and the English Revolution

Paul McGarr, “The Great French Revolution”

C.L.R. James, The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingue Revolution

Colin Barker, “Japan: The Origins and Significance of the Meiji Restoration

Duncan Hallas, “Bourgeois Revolution”

Alex Callinicos, “Bourgeois Revolutions and Historical Materialism”

Chris Harman, “The Rise of Capitalism”

Chris Harman and Robert Brenner, “Debate: The Origins of Capitalism”

Neil Davidson, How Revolutionary were the Bourgeois Revolutions?

Henry Heller, The Birth of Capitalism: A Twenty-First Century Perspective

Eric Wolf, Europe and the People without History

History – the United States

Edward Countryman, The American Revolution

Truman Nelson, The Old Man: John Brown at Harper’s Ferry

James Macpherson, The Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

James Macpherson, For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War

Robin D.G. Kelley, Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Depression

Joe Allen, People Wasn’t Made to Burn: A True Story of Housing, Race and Murder in Chicago

Maurice Isserman, If I Had a Hammer: The Death of the Old Left and the Birth of the New Left

Max Elbaum, Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals turn to Lenin, Mao and Che

Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin, Detroit: I Do Mind Dying, A Study in Urban Revolution

Tom Wicker, A Time to Die: The Attica Prison Revolt

Milton Fisk, Socialism from Below in the United States: The Origins of the International Socialist Organization

History – Modern Western Europe

E.P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class

Donny Gluckstein, The Paris Commune: A Revolutionary Democracy

Donny Gluckstein, The Western Soviets: Workers’ Councils vs. Parliament, 1917-1923

Donny Gluckstein, The Nazis, Capitalism and the Working Class

Chris Harman, The Lost Revolution: Germany 1917-1923

Pierre Broué, The German Revolution, 1917-1923

Alex Callinicos, “Plumbing the Depths: Marxism and the Holocaust”

George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia

Pierre Broué and Émile Témime, The Revolution and Civil War in Spain

Chris Harman, The Fire Last Time: 1968 and After

Phil Mailer, Portugal: The Impossible Revolution?

Eamonn McCann, War and an Irish Town

History – Modern Latin America

John Mason Hart, Revolutionary Mexico: The Coming and Process of the Mexican Revolution

Theresa Meade, “Civilizing” Rio: Reform and Resistance in a Brazilian City, 1889-1930

Sam Farber, The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered

Sam Farber, Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959: A Critical Assessment

José Luís González, Puerto Rico: The Four-Storyed Country

Jeffrey Webber, From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia: Class Struggle and the Politics of Evo Morales

Mary Spooner, Soldiers in a Narrow Land: The Pinochet Regime in Chile

Peter Winn, Weavers of Revolution: The Yarur Workers and Chile’s Road to Socialism

History – the Russian Revolution, the Comintern and Stalinism in Eastern Europe

John Reed, Ten Days that Shook the World

Victor Serge, Year One of the Russian Revolution

Victor Serge, Revolution in Danger: Writings from Russia 1919-1921

Alexander Rabinowitch, Prelude to Revolution: The Bolsheviks and the July 1917 Uprising

Alexander Rabinowitch, The Bolsheviks Come to Power: The Revolution of 1917 in Petrograd

R. Craig Nation, War on War: Lenin, the Zimmerwald Left and the Origins of Communist Internationalism

Duncan Hallas, The Comintern: A History of the Third International

Tony Cliff et al, Russia: From Workers’ State to State Capitalism

J. Arch Getty, The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bolshevik Party, 1932-1939

Milovan Djilas, Conversations with Stalin

Colin Barker, Festival of the Oppressed: Solidarity, Reform and Revolution in Poland, 1978-1980

Chris Harman, Class Struggles in Eastern Europe, 1945-1983

History – Modern South Asia

Gautum Bhadra, “Four Rebels of 1857”

Gyanendra Pandey, “Rallying Round the Cow: Sectarian Strife in the Bhojpuri Region, c.1888-1917”

Ayesha Jalal, The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League and the Demand for Pakistan

Lakshman Gaikwad, The Branded

Vasant Moon, Growing Up Untouchable in India: A Dalit Autobiography

Jairus Banaji, “The Ironies of Indian Maoism”

Arundhati Roy, “Walking with the Comrades”

Arundhati Roy, “The Trickledown Revolution”

Arundhati Roy, Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers

Sanjay Kak, ed., Until My Freedom Has Come: the New Intifada in Kashmir

Pranav Jani, “The New India: Myth and Reality”

Snehal Shingavi and Adaner Usmani, “Class Struggles in India and Pakistan”

History – Modern East Asia

Nigel Harris, The Mandate of Heaven: Marx and Mao in Modern China

Maurice Meisner, Mao’s China and After: A History of the People’s Republic

Shengwulian, “Wither China?”

Ahmed Shawki, “China: From Mao to Deng”

History Revolutionary Lives

Franz Mehring, Karl Marx – The Story of His Life

Lindsey German, “Frederick Engels – Life of a Revolutionary”

Tony Cliff, Lenin vol. 1, Building the Party, vol. 2, All Power to the Soviets, and vol. 3, The Revolution Besieged

Leon Trotsky, My Life

Isaac Deutscher, Trotsky: The Prophet Armed, The Prophet Unarmed, The Prophet Outcast

Tony Cliff, Trotsky: The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Star (vol. 4)

Duncan Hallas, Trotsky’s Marxism

Paul Frölich, Rosa Luxemburg: Ideas in Action

Victor Serge, Memoirs of a Revolutionary

Ian Birchall, Tony Cliff: A Marxist for His Time

Marxism – the Basics

Paul D’Amato, The Meaning of Marxism

Alex Callinicos, The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx

John Molyneux, What is the Real Marxist Tradition?

Marxism – Classics and Commentaries

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The German Ideology

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto

Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

Friedrich Engels, The Peasant War in Germany

Karl Marx, Capital: A Critique of Political Economy (vol. 1)

Karl Marx, “The Civil War in France”

Friedrich Engels, Socialism: Utopian and Scientific

Friedrich Engels, The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State

Kevin Anderson, Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies

Heather A. Brown, Marx on Gender and the Family: A Critical Study

August Nimtz, Marx and Engels: Their Contribution to the Democratic Breakthrough

Chris Harman, “Engels and the Origins of Human Society”

John Macdonald, “In Defense of Engels: The Marx Against Engels Myth”

G.V. Plekhanov, Fundamental Problems of Marxism

V.I. Lenin, “Two Tactics of Social-Democracy in the Democratic Revolution”

V.I. Lenin, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism: A Popular Outline

V.I. Lenin, “The Right of Nations to Self-Determination”

V.I. Lenin, The State and Revolution

V.I. Lenin, Left-Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder

George Lukács, Lenin: A Study in the Unity of His Thought

Rosa Luxemburg, “Reform or Revolution?”

Rosa Luxemburg, “The Mass Strike”

Rosa Luxemburg, “The Junius Pamphlet”

Nikolai Bukharin, Imperialism and Global Economy

Leon Trotsky, The History of the Russian Revolution

Leon Trotsky, Literature and Revolution

Leon Trotsky, The Third International After Lenin

Leon Trotsky, The Struggle Against Fascism in Germany

Leon Trotsky, The Revolution Betrayed: What is the Soviet Union and Where is it Going?

Antonio Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks

Chris Harman, “Gramsci Versus Eurocommunism”

Carlos Nelson Coutinho, Gramsci’s Political Thought

Walter Benjamin, “On the Philosophy of History”

Neil Davidson, “Walter Benjamin and the Classical Marxist Tradition”

Tony Cliff, Russia: A Marxist Analysis

Tony Cliff, “Deflected Permanent Revolution”

Marxism – Societies, Economics and Class Structure

Alex Callinicos and Chris Harman, The Changing Working Class

Ian Birchall and Norah Carlin, “Kinnock’s Favorite Marxist: Eric Hobsbawm and the English Working Class”

Geoff Bailey and Kyle Brown, “The rise of the ‘precariat?’”

Doug Sinsen, “The US Class Structure and the Working Class”

David Camfield, “The Multitude and the Kangaroo: A Critique of Hardt and Negri’s Theory of Immaterial Labor”

Jen Roesch, “Can the Working Class Unite?”

Charles Post, “The Myth of the Labor Aristocracy”

Chris Harman, Zombie Capitalism: Global Crisis and the Relevance of Marx

David McNally, Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance

David Harvey, The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism

Jairus Banaji, Theory as History: Essays on Modes of Production and Exploitation

Marxism – Democracy, the State, and Politics

Hal Draper, The Two Souls of Socialism

Colin Barker, “The State as Capital”

John Rees, “The Socialist Revolution to the Democratic Revolution”

David Whitehouse, “The Origins of the Police”

Lance Selfa, The Democrats: A Critical History

John Molyneux, “The Future Socialist Society”

Marxism – Organization, Strategy and Tactics

Chris Harman et al, Party and Class

John Molyneux, Marxism and the Party

Ernest Mandel, “Vanguard Parties”

Paul Le Blanc, Lenin and the Revolutionary Party

Andy Durgan, “Ultra-Leftism”

Joel Geier, “Socialists and Movements”

Ahmed Shawki, “Between Things Ended and Things Begun”

Marxism – Philosophy

George Lukács, History and Class Consciousness

Karl Korsch, “Marxism and Philosophy”

David Renton, “Karl Korsch’s Marxism”

Chris Harman, “Base and Superstructure”

John Rees, The Algebra of Revolution: The Dialectic and the Classical Marxist Tradition

George Novack, An Introduction to the Logic of Marxism

Terry Eagleton, The Illusions of Postmodernism

Chris Wilson, “Foucault: Friend or Foe of the Left?”

Marxism – Leninism, Trotskyism, Stalinism, Maoism and other ‘isms’

Tithi Bhattacharya, “The Rise and Fall of Maoism”

Nigel Harris, “Marxism: Leninism-Stalinism-Maoism”

Maurice Meisner, Marxism, Maoism and Utopianism: Eight Essays

Alex Callinicos, Trotskyism

Alex Callinicos, “Their ‘Trotskyism’ and Ours”

Duncan Hallas, “The Fourth International in Decline”

Marxism – Religion, Belief and Atheism

Abram Leon, The Jewish Question: A Marxist Interpretation

Paul N. Siegel, The Meek and the Militant: Religion and Power Across the World

Chris Harman, “The Prophet and the Proletariat”

Phil Marshall, “The Children of Stalinism: A Response to Chris Harman”

John Molyneux, “More than Opium: Marxism and Religion”

Dave Crouch, “The Bolsheviks and Islam”

Theodore Sayeed, “Sam Harris – Uncovered”

Marxism – Art and Culture

Terry Eagleton, Marxism and Literary Criticism

Paul O’Flinn, Them and Us in Literature

David McNally, Monsters of the Market: Vampires, Zombies and Global Capitalism

Michael Löwy, Morning Star: Surrealism, Marxism, Anarchism, Situationism, Utopia

Ben Davis, 9.5 Theses on Art and Class and Other Writings

William Keach, “Charles Dickens: A Writer for New Hard Times”

William Keach, “Rise Like Lions: Shelley and the Revolutionary Left”

China Miéville, “Fantasy and Revolution”

China Miéville, “Guilty Pleasures: Art and Politics”

China Miéville, “Marxism and Monsters”

Ian Birchall, “Zola for the 21st Century”

John Molyneux, “Tolkien’s World – A Marxist Analysis”

Adam Marks, ‘”Take that, Maynard G Krebs!’ The Beat Generation”

Simon Behrman, “From Revolution to Irrelevance: How Classical Music Lost its Audience”

Jason Netek, “Beethoven: Music for the Future”

John Molyneux, “Michelangelo and Human Emancipation”

John Molyneux, “Why Does Bacon’s Pope Scream?”

Geoff Bailey, “Marxism and Film: Eisenstein Reconsidered”

Anarchism and its Marxist Critique

Daniel Guérin, Anarchism: From Theory to Practice

John Molyneux, Anarchism: A Marxist Critique

Frederick Engels, “On Authority”

Leon Trotsky, “The Revolt of the Left SRs”

Abbie Bakan, “Kronstadt: A Tragic Necessity”

Jason Yanowitz, “The Makhno Myth”

Lance Selfa, “Emma Goldman: A Life of Controversy”

Imperialism, Nationalism and War

Michael Kidron, “Imperialism: the Highest Stage But One”

Chris Harman, “Better a Valid Insight than a Wrong Theory”

Alex Callinicos, Imperialism and Global Political Economy

Chris Harman, “The Return of the National Question”

Alex Callinicos, “Marxism and the National Question”

Kieran Allen, “Is Southern Ireland a Neo-Colony?”

Deepa Kumar, Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire

Jonathan Neale, “Afghanistan: the Case Against the ‘Good War’”

Richard Seymour, The Liberal Defense of Murder

Racism and Black Liberation

Ahmed Shawki, Black Liberation and Socialism

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Era of Colorblindness

Angela Y. Davis, Women, Race and Class

Manning Marable, How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America

Barbara Jeanne Fields, “Slavery, Race and Ideology in the United States”

Melvin Lehman, The Political Economy of Racism

Justin Akers Chacón and Mike Davis, No One is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the US-Mexico Border

Fascism and Anti-Fascism

Arthur Rosenberg, “Fascism as a Mass-Movement

David Renton, Fascism: Theory and Practice

Richard Seymour, “Anders Behring Breivik and 21st-Century Fascism”

Shaun Harkin, “Fascism: What it is and How We Fight It”

Shaun Harkin, “Turning Despair into Hate”

Organized Labor

Sharon Smith, “Marxism, Unions and Class Struggle”

Sharon Smith, Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States

Gregg Shotwell, Autoworkers Under the Gun: A Shop-Floor View of the End of the American Dream

Kim Moody, U.S. Labor in Trouble and Transition

Steve Early, The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor

Tony Cliff and Donny Gluckstein, “Marxism and Trade-Union Struggle”

Sexism, Feminism and Women’s Liberation

Sharon Smith, Women and Socialism: Essays on Women’s Liberation

Lindsey German, Sex, Class and Socialism

Eleanor J. Burke, Myths of Male Dominance: Collected Articles on Women Cross-Culturally

Sharon Smith, “Marxism and Women’s Liberation”

Rachel Cohen, “Raunch Culture and the New Sexism”

Madeline Burrows and Jenny Espiro, “Abortion Without Apology: The Case for a New Movement”

Silvia Frederici, Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation

Joan Brumberg, The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls

Sexuality and LGBT Liberation

Sherry Wolf, Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics and Theory of LGBT Liberation

Dana Cloud, “Marxism and Queer Theory”

Randy Shilts, And the Band Played On: History, Politics and the AIDS Epidemic

Life Under Capitalism: Education and Health

Mike Haynes, “Capitalism, Class, Health and Medicine”

Peter Sedgwick, Psycho Politics: Laing, Foucault, Goffman, Szasz and the Future of Mass Psychology

Jon Kurinsky, “Capitalism and Mental Health”

Jeff Bale and Sarah Knopp, eds., Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation

Jeremy Sawyer, “Vygotsky’s Theory of Language and Education”

Climate Change and Environmentalism

Chris Williams, Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis

John Bellamy Foster, Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature

Greg Sharzer, No Local: Why Small-Scale Alternatives Won’t Change the World

Ian Angus and Simon Butler, Too Many People? Population, Immigration and the Environmental Crisis

Zionism, Israel and Palestinian Liberation

Gershon Shafir, Land, Labor and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1882-1914

Zachary Lockman, Comrades and Enemies: Arab and Jewish Workers in Palestine, 1906-1948

Musa Budeiri, The Palestine Communist Party 1919-1948: Arab and Jew in the Struggle for Internationalism

Ilan Pappé, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

Maxime Rodinson, Israel: A Colonial-Settler State?

Joel Beinin, Was the Red Flag Flying There? Marxism and the Politics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1948-1965

Moshe Machover and Akiva Orr, “The Class Character of Israel”

Edward W. Said, “Zionism from the Standpoint of its Victims”

Tikva Honig-Parnass, False Prophets of Peace: Liberal Zionism and the Struggle for Palestine

Jonah Birch and Hadas Thier, “The Anatomy of Israel’s Protest Movement”

Lance Selfa, “Zionism: False Messiah”

Lance Selfa, ed., The Struggle for Palestine

Omar Barghouti, Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights


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