Days with Lenin, by Maxim Gorky

Days with Lenin, by Maxim Gorky

By Maxim Gorky

Gorky first met Lenin at a celebration Congress in London in 1907. They met back repeatedly - in the course of Lenin's exile in Europe and after the profitable revolution of November, 1917. With the perspicacity of "a literary guy, obliged to take notes of little details," Gorky provides a profoundly intimate photograph of Lenin, an image of which the constructing revolution is a vital part, for it really is very unlikely to split the fellow from his position in background, so heavily are they associated. In transparent define, Lenin the Bolshevik, the builder of his celebration, the organizer and the chief of the revolution, arises from those pages. And it's all the extra genuine, obvious during the eyes of Gorky, for he tells of Lenin in his moments of leisure and rest in addition to in moments of heated political debate; indicates him at relaxation in Capri, taking part in chess and chatting with the fishermen; taking care of the wellbeing and fitness and comforts of his comrades; debating in regards to the function of the intellectuals within the revolution; conversing with staff approximately all of the info in their lives.

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At the heart of his work are the hopes and fears, sentiments and connections, to those in authority referred to by Harvey, as well as the conditions of possibility for new relationships. Any historicalgeographical materialism adequate to the present moment and capable of advancing to a politics that might be genuinely transformative must speak to such concerns. Gramsci, we argue, is a crucial ally in the development of such a program. Notes 1 See also Kipfer and Hart, Chapter 16 in this volume.

32 INTRODUCTION Overall, though, Gramsci remains more notable for his absence than his presence. This is deeply paradoxical given that some of the core concerns of radical and critical geographers for the last four decades are at the heart of Gramsci’s oeuvre. Transforming his philosophy of praxis to a primary force within a redefined historical materialism requires the double engagement with Gramsci attempted in this collection. Gramsci’s work will need to be engaged in a sustained fashion that pays careful attention to the rhythms of this thought and to Gramscian scholarship more broadly.

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