From the Wall Street Journal (of all places), a fascinating article on the life and fiction of Russian writer and revolutionary Victor Serge (1890- 1947).

Fiction was his means of giving voice to the voiceless, of resisting the seductions of a coercive, monolithic truth, of confronting utopian falsehood with the complications and contradictions of reality.

Although labeled a socialist and communist, a key description that merits further investigation is the author’s statement that “he remained a dedicated libertarian, defending freedom of expression and the rights of the individual, often at great personal risk.”