V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written after July 27, 1916
Published: First published in 1929 in the journal Krasnaya Letopis No. 4. Sent from Zurich to Hertenstein (Switzerland). Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 411.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Zina,

I read in Berner Tagwacht and heard that your lecture at Olten was a great success. Ich gratuliere![1] Perhaps you could write a brief summary of the main points for our Sbornik Sotsial-Demokrata, if you were going to write on the same subject? We are in a terribly difficult situation: we failed to calculate beforehand the exact size of the articles, we have “swollen up” out of all proportion, we have not been able to “unload ”, and are now faced with the prospect of a great big volume, which is least convenient for propaganda from abroad.

Drop me a few words about your subject, and about whether you could, without detriment to the subject, confine yourself to 4–5 pages of our large size (you have it in the proofs, and you will probably not find it too hard to calculate precisely).


Beste Grüsse, especially to Styopka, who must have grown so that I won’t be able to toss him up to the ceiling!


[1] Congratulations.—Ed.

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