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Published by Nation Books (Amazon link):
DESERTER FROM DEATH: Dispatches from
Western Europe 1950-2000
a selection of Daniel Singer’s writing from his years
as a young correspondent for The Economist
through his decades at The Nation.
From Monthly Review Press:
…also available in French (Éditions Complexe):
À qui appartient l’avenir ? Pour une utopie réaliste
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The contest is open this year to essays that have already been published.
Daniel Singer was a man of the left who was a great optimist. He believed in the people’s taking control of their own lives and forging new truly democratic institutions that would introduce real social and economic justice. As a critic of Western capitalism and Eastern Stalinism, his analyses were based on deep knowledge and delivered with a biting sarcasm that evinced a thorough dislike of banal rhetoric. His final major work, Whose Millennium: Theirs or Ours, combined his two greatest qualities: his inspiring hopes and his astonishing ability to dissect the workings of power. His words are as fresh and exciting as they were when he wrote them, something only a very few topical journalists have ever accomplished. At this best, he is in the same class with John Reed and George Orwell.
The Daniel Singer Foundation is seeking an original essay of no more than 5,000 words to address some aspect of the current scene in the spirit that Singer exemplified. The winning essay will receive a prize of $2,500. Please see our Statement of Principles. Essays may be submitted in English, Spanish or French and will be judged by an international panel of distinguished scholars and activists.
The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2016.
The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation
P.O. Box 2371, El Cerrito, CA 94530
History of contest questions
& links to essays
There was no essay deemed worthy of the prize in 2014 or 2015.