Lenin's Childhood

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    Isaac Deutscher

    Publisher: Verso

    Year: 2024

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 113 pages

    ISBN: 9781804292778

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When he died suddenly in 1967, Isaac Deutscher had completed only the compelling first chapter of a long-anticipated biography of Lenin, published here. It covers Lenin’s family background, birth and early years in the backwater town of Simbirsk up to the execution of his brother, a traumatic formative event. Drawing on a lifetime of background research, including access to the closed section of Trotsky’s archives, Lenin’s Childhood gives a novel interpretation of the earliest influences on Lenin’s personality and thinking. Most of all, it is a glimpse into an unfinished work which would have striven to save Lenin from fanatical anti-revolutionary condemnation and, perhaps more important, from uncritical communist beatification.

This anniversary edition includes an introduction by Deutscher's biographer, Gonzalo Pozo, which situates the Lenin project within Deutscher’s oeuvre and discusses the sources, influences and evolution of his never completed life of Lenin.

About the Author
Isaac Deutscher was born near Krakow in 1907. First a poet and literary journalist, he joined the outlawed Polish Communist Party in 1926, where he was active until his expulsion in 1932. He moved to London in 1939 just before the outbreak of World War II to embark on a successful journalistic career. In 1946 he decided to become a freelance historian, writing many books, of which the most important is perhaps his Trotsky trilogy.

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