A Concise History of the Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes

By Richard Pipes

The writer of the vintage two-volume learn, The Russian Revolution and Russia lower than the Bolshevik Regime, now distills these works into an authoritative new chronicle of Russia among 1900 and the demise of Lenin. "A deep and eloquent condemnation."--The big apple occasions.

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Ink was surreptitiously spilt on newly ironed linen. Objects disappeared without trace. Nobody could intercept the hands o f the criminal 6 • M EM OIRS OF A R EV O LU TIO N A R Y child — my hands. I was harangued at length, I was admonished, I of­ ten saw my mother’s eyes fill with tears; I was beaten too, and punished in a hundred ways, because my petty crimes were mad, exasperating, incomprehensible. I drank the salted milk, I denied everything (natu­ rally), I melted into wretched promises, and then went to bed, in in­ consolable grief, thinking o f K in g Lear leaning on Cordelia.

And then the truth flashed out between us, because a strange power was W O R L D W I T H O U T P O S S I B L E E S C A P E : 190 6- 19 12 • 7 bursting within me: “But it isn’t me,” I said. “ It’s Sylvie! ” Sylvie was an older adolescent cousin adopted by my parents and living with us, a blonde and graceful girl, but cold-eyed. I had accu­ mulated so many observations and proofs, and with such analytic power, that my headstrong, tearful exposition was irrefutable. The matter was closed, with a full and permanent recovery o f trust.

W ork. ” To tell the truth, I was too afraid o f sounding pompous or o f start­ ing a great disputation o f ideas, to dare to reply, “ I want to fight as you yourself have fought, as everyone must fight throughout life. I can see quite clearly that you have been beaten. I shall try to have more strength or better luck. ” That is pretty near what I was thinking. I was just over fifteen. I became a photographers apprentice, and after that an office boy, a draughtsman, and, almost, a central heating technician.

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