New York: Curbstone Press, 1987. First English Language Edition. First printing. Octavo. Tan cloth hardcover; dustjacket; xviii,19-503pp. Inscribed on front flyleaf: "Para la camarada Kendra Alexander y adelante con la lucha solidaria con el pueblo Salvadoreño y Centroamerica," signed by Miguel Mármol, dated 1988. Mild bumps to board corners, a bit of rippling to cloth on spine, still Near Fine a slightly faded but still Near Fine dustwrapper.
A terrific association copy, inscribed by Miguel Mármol to American communist and civil rights activist Kendra Alexander. Mármol (1905-1993), founding father of the Salvadoran Communist Party in 1930 and a leading figure of the Salvadoran worker-revolutionary movement for over five decades, told his story over the course of several weeks in 1966 to the Salvadoran communist poet Roque Dalton. In his introduction, Dalton (who was assassinated in 1973) describes the experience as "one of the greatest satisfactions of my life," and the result was indeed one of the most popular and important works of Latin American revolutionary literature of the decade – Mármol's tumultuous life, most of it spent in exile, came both to exemplify and inspire the revolutionary movement in El Salvador and Central America.
Though Miguel Mármol was first published in 1972, and went into numerous subsequent printings in Cuba and the Soviet Union, there was no English-language translation until this 1987 edition from the small Latin-American publisher Curbstone. The cloth issue is hard to find, and inscribed copies are rare; this a compelling association copy, inscribed to the American civil rights leader and Communist Party leader Kendra Alexander (1945-1993), perhaps best-remembered as a close associate of Angela Davis, whose Defense Committee she co-chaired during Davis's 1971 conspiracy trial.