V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written in July, prior to 6, 1920
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 397b-398a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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My booklet on imperialism ought to be published in German (and in other languages), for it is always a basic issue.[1]

Your opinion?

If yes, to whom should it be entrusted?



I should like to write a new preface. What is the time limit?


Put 1–2 privatdocents on the job of finding sources in the best libraries.

They will find them.[2]


[1] This refers to Lenin’s book Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism (see present edition, Vol. 22, pp. 185–304).—Ed.

[2] To Lenin’s question in the first note as to whom to entrust the translation of this book, Zinoviev replied that the book had   already been translated into German and French in Petrograd and was being edited.

Lenin wrote the new preface to the book on July 6, 1920, and it was first published in October 1921, under the title “ Imperialism and Capitalism”, in the journal The Communist International No. 18 = (see present edition, Vol. 22, pp. 189–94). In Lenin’s lifetime, separate editions of his book Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism were published in German in 1921, and in French and English (incompletely) in 1923.

Lenin’s third note was a reply to a passage in Zinoviev’s note saying, “There is some difficulty with the quotations (from German and English publications)” (Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51, p. 437).

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