The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg

This project is supported by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung and Karl Dietz Verlag, and is contracted to be published by Verso Books. But we need your help!

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Rosa Luxemburg (1871–1919) is widely regarded as one of the most creative writers of modern socialism and the foremost female theoretician of European radicalism. Her wide-ranging and incisive works, which include studies on capitalism’s inherent drive for global expansion, the relation between spontaneity and organization, and the inseparability of democracy and socialism, have made her a pole of attraction for theorists and activists around the world. Her fiercely independent intellect and uncompromising defense of human liberty speaks more powerfully to our era than to any other.

The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg will make her entire body of work available for the first time. It will contain all of her books, pamphlets, essays, articles, letters and manuscripts, a significant amount of which have never appeared in English. It will also include several thousand pages of writings of hers that have only recently been discovered. All of her previously published work in English will be newly translated from German, Polish, Russian, and Yiddish originals. The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg will be published in fourteen volumes, each with comprehensive annotations and introductions.

The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg will bring the contributions of this remarkable thinker and personality alive for new generations. The project was inaugurated in March 2011 with the publication of The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg. Volume I of the Complete Works, entitled Economic Writings 1, was published in hardcover in Fall 2013; a softcover edition appeared in Fall 2014. It contains the first full English translation of Introduction to Political Economy and 8 recently discovered manuscripts on anthropology, economic history, and the theory of crises. Volume II of the Complete Works, which contains a new translation of The Accumulation of Capital and the Anti-Critique, came off the press in Spring 2015. A paperback edition will appear in Spring 2016.

We are now raising funds to cover the costs of translation of Luxemburg’s Political Writings, beginning with three volumes (Vol. 3, 4 and 5 of the Complete Works) devoted to the subject “On Revolution.” This project is supported by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung and Karl Dietz Verlag, and is contracted to be published by Verso Books. These three volumes will contain all of her writings on the 1905-06 Russian Revolution, 1917 Russian Revolution, and 1918-19 German Revolution. These writing reveal Luxemburg at her finest—as a fierce supporter of revolutionary democracy, with a sensitive grasp of the importance of spontaneous freedom struggles as well as of non-hierarchical forms of organization. Most of these writings—a large number of them translated from Polish—have never appeared in print since their initial publication, and many have never before appeared in English. We aim to raise $35,000 for the costs of translating the writings in these three volumes.

All donations over $100 will receive a free copy of the critically acclaimed Letters of Rosa Luxemburg, or a copy of the first volume of the Complete Works. Donations over $250 will get both books and you can buy others at half price. If you’re able to donate $500 or more we’ll thank you on a donor’s page for the project, and donations of $1,000 or more will also be acknowledged in the book.