There was a time when you could not look at a newspaper or watch television news without mention of the refugee crisis - the lines of desperate people coming across into Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan from Syria or the legions of people going across the Mediterranean Sea towards Europe. War and poverty were the drivers of these people, whether they fled Afghanistan across Iran through Turkey towards Europe or they left Cameroon through Nigeria into Niger and then upwards to Libya. Each individual, each family carried with them a tragedy, a million tragedies on the road towards
As I work on the LeftWord Books edition of How the East Was Read, on reading Soviet books and on being surrounded by Soviet letters, I encountered Alisa Poret's thirteen delightful pictures for the 1930 book - How the Revolution Triumphed (see the back page, above).
The book was intended for children who were born after the 1917 Revolution and who would not have felt the urgency of Red October. There is no author's name with the book, which you can read in full here. The main show are the images. The text was likely written by someone in the editorial department of the publishing house.
<Comrade Lenin> On his birthday today, during this centennial of the October Revolution, we - at LeftWord Books - can't wait to offer a volume of his 1917 writings edited by Prakash Karat. For now, happy birthday comrade!