V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 6. Sent from Shushenskoye to Podolsk. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, pages 230-232.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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February 3, 1899

Today, Mother dearest, I am sending you the last two parts of my “markets”, Chapters VII and VIII, and two Appendices (II and III)[2] and the headings of the last two chapters. At last I have finished a work that at one time had threatened to drag on infinitely. I would ask Anyuta to send them on to the writer as soon as possible together with the enclosed review of Gvozdyov’s book. The writer sent me the book “for review” and I thought it would be awkward to refuse from here. But I did not enjoy writing the review. I did not like the book—nothing new, generalities, an impossible style in places (he writes about “connivances at farming” and things like that). He is at the same time a supporter and an opponent of the Narodniks and, most important of all, a Nachalo collaborator. Little as I like that “Samara” spirit,[1] I nevertheless decided to restrain myself and fill up four-fifths of the review with remarks against the Narodniks and one-fifth against Gvozdyov. I do not know whether the editors will like it; I do not know their relations with the “Samarans”. Nadya is writing to the écrivain’s wife about all this today.

Many kisses for you and best regards to all.

V. U.



[1] See Note 40.—Ed.

[2] This refers to the appendices to Chapter VII of The Development of Capitalism in Russia—“Table of Statistics on the Factory Industry of European Russia” and “The Chief Centres of Factory   Industry in European Russia” (see Collected Works, Vol. 3. pp. 601–02 and 603–07).

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