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This work is wholly devoted to Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, The great leader of the proletariat is the chief inspiration behind the book, its main character, and at the same time a subject of the author's research and meditations.
In its four parts ("Learning from Lenin", "Travels Across Normandy and Brittany", "In the Library of the British Museum", and "Christmas at Sorrento"), Mariette Shaginyan presents a broad panorama of life and action, in which the past and present, facts from Lenin's biography and episodes from the author's life and writings, historical and strictly personal happenings, are closely interwoven. Essentially, the book is the author's interior monologue, her reflections on the present day.
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Marietta Shaginyan, a Lenin Prize winner, ranks among the founders of Soviet Literature, A prolific writer of great zest and many enthusiasms, she has worked in a wide range of genres, publishing poems, novels, short stories, newspaper articles, memoirs and travel notes, and bringing to the reader people from the most varied walks of life - power station builders, schoolteachers, musicians, women textile workers, scholars of philosophy and railway employees. She is a much traveled woman who has met and known personally some of the greatest men and women of the 20th century.
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