The 75-year-old ruled over a band of women supporters in his south London communist collective
From December 1981 until June 1989 he was the second-most important person in Poland
The terms 'socialist' and 'communist' are often confused, thanks in large part to the Cold War
All 88 million party members must 'champion simplicity and guard against extravagance,' instructs new report
Music looms large for Jonathan Lethem. In the past, citing Walter Pater's dictum that "all art constantly aspires towards the condition of music", he has said that he tries to make his prose "as musical as I can".
China is the world's largest manufacturer and consumer of tobacco
State media says China's top legislature has sanctioned the ruling Communist Party's decision to allow couples to have a second child if one parent is an only child.
The saga sums up the crass stupidity of authoritarian regimes, whose fear of even mild challenges leads them to endlessly create martyrs
The Tories don’t have a great record on acknowledging his contribution to peace in South Africa
How should authors transform autobiography into self-standing fiction? For Karl Ove Knausgaard, with A Man in Love (translated by Don Bartlett; Vintage, £8.99), this second volume in the Norwegian writer's acclaimed "My Struggle" series mines the everyday material of young fatherhood. Yet he converts it into a stunningly eloquent set of reflections on masculinity, domesticity and the artist's itch to escape.
‘If Mao was God, then he was the Pope’, says former activist who knew Aravindan Balakrishnan in the 1970s, when he was expelled from the Communist Party of England
'Illegal methods must be eliminated', court statement says, but human rights activists say any change remains to be seen
Supporters of China's disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, who has been jailed for corruption, have set up a political party, two separate sources said, in defiance of a decades-old de facto ban on new political parties.
Papers show that he was investigated on suspicion of being a spy
Long-awaited memoir is short on details of his estimable career as a manager
Mind your back garden! The Communists are on the loose!