Bizarre and Wonderful

Wes Enzinna

  • Ecology or Catastrophe: The Life of Murray Bookchin by Janet Biehl
    Oxford, 344 pp, £22.99, October 2015, ISBN 978 0 19 934248 8

In spring 2004, Abdullah Öcalan, the leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey, sent a letter to Murray Bookchin, an 83-year-old, wheelchair-bound, arthritic eco-anarchist in Burlington, Vermont. Öcalan was serving a life sentence in solitary confinement on an island off the Turkish coast. In prison he’d abandoned Marxism-Leninism and was in search of a new philosophy. He told Bookchin that he considered himself his ‘student’, ‘had acquired a good understanding of his work, and was eager to make the ideas applicable to Middle Eastern societies’.

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