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“What separates Ramor's work from the other outstanding young writers is the content of what he is doing. I've never seen anything close to his work…”—Eddie Yuen, co-editor of Confronting Capitalism

“From Belfast to the Bronx and Chiapas to Kurdistan, Ramor Ryan has shown a lifelong commitment to social justice, a questioning mind and an ability to incorporate historical currents into his work.”—Mick McCaughan, Latin American Correspondent to the Irish Times

An epic debut, Ramor Ryan’s nonfiction tales read like Che Guevara’s The Motorcycle Diaries crossed with Hunter S. Thompson’s wit and flair for the impossible. A shrewd political thinker and philosopher with a knack for ingratiating himself into the thick of any social situation, Ryan has been there and lived to tell about it.

As much an adventure story as an unofficial chronicle of modern global resistance movements, Clandestines spirits the reader across the globe, carefully weaving the narrative through illicit encounters and public bacchanals. From the teeming squats of mid-90’s East Berlin, to intrigue in the Zapatista Autonomous Zone, a Croatian Rainbow Gathering on the heels of the G8 protests in Genoa, mutiny on the high seas, the quixotic ambitions of a Kurdish guerilla camp, the contradictions of Cuba, and the neo-liberal nightmare of post-war(s) Central America we see everywhere a world in flux, struggling to be reborn.

Ramor Ryan is a rebellious rover and Irish exile who makes his home between New York City and Chiapas.

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A charming, anarchist travel memoir. A global journey into today's battlezones, bars, and social bonds.

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A charming, anarchist travel memoir. A global journey into today's battlezones, bars, and social bonds.

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Cultural Writing. An epic debut, Ramor Ryan's CLANDESTINES reads like Che Guevara's The Motorcycle Diaries crossed with Hunter S. Thompson's wit and flair for the impossible. As much as adventure story as an unofficial chronicle of modern global resistance movements, CLANDESTINES spirits the reader across the globe, carefully weaving the narrative through illicit encounters and public bacchanals. "From Belfast to the Bronx and Chiapas to Kurdistan, Ramor Ryan has shown a lifelong commitment to social justice, a questioning mind and an ability to incoporate historical currents into his work" Mike McCaughan.

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Ramor Ryan is an Irish writer and translator based in Chiapas, Mexico.

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jgeneric, October 31, 2007 (view all comments by jgeneric)
I never thought I would enjoy a travel journal, but Ramor Ryan changed my mind. At first I thought it was going to be an over-romantic story of this guy traveling around the world in order to avoid himself, in the way that a lot of Crimethinc type of stuff reads. I'm really not into that kind of stuff. However, he really surprised me, and I'm ashamed I thought that of him in the first place in association with Crimethinc, because this guy is a real character, a great writer, and no one can call him fake for leaving out the messy details. In fact, read about his review of the two different "Days of War and Nights of Love" (one by Crimethinc, and one by Eduardo Galeano) online.

In the great tradition of Irish story-tellers, Ryan recalls experiences from the squats of West Berlin, the war zone of Kurdistan, the revolution and post-revolution repression in Nicauragua, his youth in Ireland watching the British army attack a Republican demonstration, and much more. He is an exile from his native land, moving from situations of struggle across the planet with a keen analysis of each. Ryan left Ireland in the 1980s for Nicaragua to help defend the Revolution there, and ended up seeing the Sandinistas crumble under the might of the US-funded Contras, alienating Indigenous peoples struggling for autonomy in the process. He remarks that a generation of international solidarity activists in the 1980s got their start in Nicaragua; much like many saw the same in Chiapas in the 1990s.

If you've never heard of Ramor Ryan, look him up. I would love to meet him, because this guy has such a wealth of information and has seen so much without thinking he is better than anyone else for having done so. He brings a personal touch to bloody places stormed by revolution, repression, and fights for a better world. By the end of it, I thought to myself that he had really lived his life thus far to the fullest, and brought a whole new meaning to what I thought of as an "international solidarity" activist. Much of what he writes is exciting in that revolutionary situations are very much within reach, but at the same time depressing when he discusses the aftermath in the case of defeat (like in Kurdistan or in Nicaragua).

If you want to find an inspirational person, you have to meet Ramor Ryan by reading his Clandestines.
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ISBN:
9781904859550
Author:
Ryan, Ramor
Publisher:
AK Press
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General
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Essays & Travelogues
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Revolutionaries
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Anarchists
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General Travel
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General Biography
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Travel Writing-General
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
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20060631
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TRADE PAPER
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General/trade
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English
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14 BandW photographs and maps
Pages:
160
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8.12x5.90x.71 in. .77 lbs.

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A charming, anarchist travel memoir. A global journey into today's battlezones, bars, and social bonds.
"Synopsis" by , A charming, anarchist travel memoir. A global journey into today's battlezones, bars, and social bonds.
"Synopsis" by , Cultural Writing. An epic debut, Ramor Ryan's CLANDESTINES reads like Che Guevara's The Motorcycle Diaries crossed with Hunter S. Thompson's wit and flair for the impossible. As much as adventure story as an unofficial chronicle of modern global resistance movements, CLANDESTINES spirits the reader across the globe, carefully weaving the narrative through illicit encounters and public bacchanals. "From Belfast to the Bronx and Chiapas to Kurdistan, Ramor Ryan has shown a lifelong commitment to social justice, a questioning mind and an ability to incoporate historical currents into his work" Mike McCaughan.
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