This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For more information, see our privacy statement

New Left Review 59, September-October 2009


tariq ali

DEATH OF A COMRADE

Peter Gowan: 1946–2009

With the death of Peter Gowan on 12 June 2009, the international left has lost one of its most astute political analysts, and New Left Review the most generous and steadfast of comrades. Peter was a socialist intellectual of the highest calibre, combining enormous energy and independence of mind with a truly collective spirit. A contributor to nlr from the 1970s, he joined the editorial committee in 1984; his interventions in the journal constitute a substantial body of analysis in their own right. His work was translated into many languages and he had readers on every continent; unlike some, he was incredibly patient in replying to their e-mails. He loved a good argument, although he was always extremely courteous to his critics. [1] See his debate with the staunch Blairite ft columnist John Lloyd in nlr 1/216, March–April 1996. For me the loss is also deeply personal. He was a close friend and comrade since we first met as activists in the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign in 1967. There is little that we did not discuss over the last four decades.

Subscribe for just £36 and get free access to the archive
Please login on the left to read more or buy the article for £3

Username:

Tariq Ali, ‘Death of a Comrade’, NLR 59: £3
Password:
 



If you want to create a new NLR account please register here

’My institution subscribes to NLR, why can't I access this article?’

Download a PDF file


See the contents of NLR 59


Buy a copy of NLR 59


Subscriptions