Milovan Djilas Rise and Fall

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In the aftermath of the partisan victory that gave the Communists control of Yugoslavia in 1944, Djilas became one of Tito's closest aides. A decade later, he was expelled from the Central Committee and imprisoned for nine years. His inside account of a revolution gone awry is a painful, passionate book of bitter truths. Index.

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In the aftermath of the dramatic Communist partisan victory that gave them control of Yugoslavia in October 1944, Milovan Djilas became one of the three aides closest to Tito; he witnessed revolutionaries becoming rulers, conferred with Stalin, and confronted him at the historic meeting that led to the break with Moscow. Ten years later, because Djilas criticized the misuse of power that led to the rise of a 'new class' and championed the cause of democratic socialism, he was expelled from the Central Committee and imprisoned for nine years. Djilas's inside account of a revolution gone awry, of a dictatorship whose power ethic led it to seize control not only of minds but of bodies as well, is a painful, personal book of bitter truths forged from the struggle to remain true to a revolution that was cruelly untrue to him.

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John Fiske Loud is a contributor for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt titles including: "Rise and Fall" by Milovan Djilas.

Milovan Djilas was born in Montenegro, Yugoslavia, in 1911. He became a member of the Yugoslav Communist Party while studying at Belgrade University in 1932 and was imprisoned for his political activities (1933-36). In 1938 Djilas was elected to the Central Committee of the Party and two years later a member of its Politburo.

The Yugoslavian government headed by Prince-Regent Paul allied itself with the fascist dictatorships of Germany and Italy. However, on 27th March 1941, a military coup established a government more sympathetic to the Allies. Ten days later the Luftwaffe bombed Yugoslavia and virtually destroyed Belgrade. The German Army invaded and the government was forced into exile.

In 1955 Djilas published The New Class: An Analysis of the Communist System. In his book Djilas argued that communism in Eastern Europe was not an egalitarian society that it claimed to be. Instead, he argued, the party had established privileges enjoyed by a small group of party members (the New Class). Djilas was arrested in November 1956 and charged with "slandering and writing opinions hostile to the people and the state of Yugoslavia." Djilas was eventually sentenced to nine years in prison.

Soon after his release in 1961 he published Conversations with Stalin. This was based on his meetings with Joseph Stalin during the Second World War. This book led to a further period in prison (1962-66).

Djilas remained a committed socialist but argued that the dictatorship of the New Class inevitably carried within it the seeds of its own destruction. These views were expressed in books such as Under the Colours (1971), Land Without Justice (1972), Unperfect Society: Beyond the New Class (1972), Memoir of a Revolutionary (1973), Parts of a Lifetime (1975), Wartime: With Tito and the Partisans (1980), Tito: the Story from Inside (1981), Of Prisons and Ideas (1986) and Rise and Fall (1986).

After the death of Josip Tito in 1981 Djilas strongly opposed the break-up of Yugoslavia and the nationalist warfare that followed. Milovan Djilas died in 1997.

 

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