The Voyage to Icaria

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AuthorÉtienne Cabet
Original titleVoyage en Icarie
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The Voyage to Icaria (Voyage en Icarie) is a novel written by Étienne Cabet published in 1840. In this romance he described a communistic Utopia, whose terms he had dreamed out; and he began at once to try to realize his dream. He framed a constitution for an actual Icaria. The Icarians were a French utopian movement, founded by Étienne Cabet, who led his followers to America where they established a group of egalitarian communes during the period from 1848 through 1898.[1] Karl Marx mentions Voyage en Icarie in an 1843 letter to Arnold Ruge, contrasting the "communist utopia" of the book with the real and pragmatic conditions necessary for building socialism in the Germany of his time.[2]

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  1. ^ Britannica Retrieved 4 October 2010
  2. ^ Letter from Marx to Arnold Ruge, Kreuzenach, September 1843; first published in the Deutsch-Französische Jahrbücher, 1844; Retrieved 9 July 2018