Dining with the Lenins

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11.09.2015 Posted in History, Writing No Comments

Summer went by so fast that I forgot about time and my blog for a couple of weeks. Those who have been following my blog know that I have a book coming out about Angelica Balabanoff by McFarland PublishersLenins' Dinner in September, The Strange Comrade Balabanoff: Life of a Communist Rebel. To celebrate the book launch, for the time being I will dedicate my blog to various themes about Angelica, her life, friends, favorite recipes and her pass time.

Angelica’s life was full with interesting and compelling events. Undoubtedly one of the main events was her dinner with Lenin and his wife Nadezhda Krupskaya. Few people if any have ever dined with the Lenins. In fact Angelica mentioned two such dinners, one of them was described in much detail in her autobiography My Life as a Rebel. The dinner took place in October of 1918, in the suburbs of Moscow, Gorky, where the head of the young Soviet state was recovering after an attempt on his life. Here is what she wrote:

Lenin and Nadezhda Krupskaya in 1922“On a little converted balcony,” she described the dinner in her memoirs, “… we ate a bit of bread, a tiny slice of meat, and some cheese – which I had brought from Sweden – and drank a glass of tea with a small piece of sugar.” Pointing at the food, Lenin, as if apologizing in front of Angelica for such abundance, explained that it was sent by the workers from all over Russia who wished him a quick recovery and meat had been prescribed by a physician.*

So thanks to Angelica we know that Lenin’s dinner consisted of:

1. a bit of bread;

2. a tiny slice of meat;

3. some cheese;

4. a glass of tea with a small piece of sugar.

Impressive for a leader of one of the largest countries in the world.

To know more about Angelica go to the link About Angelica.

*Extract from the book The Strange Comrade Balabanoff: Life of a Communist Rebel, McFarland, 2015.

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