One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Sunday, November 6, 2011

"To the Finland Station": Wilson and Lenin's Birthplace

Just started the third and final section (I know, it's taking me forever). Wilson writes very sympathetically--almost to the point of Nabokov's take on "poshlust"--re Lenin's childhood. He also writes as though he'd actually been to Lenin's birthplace (turned into a museum) in Simbirsk (now Ulyanovsk).

Apparently he had:


[From "'Edmund Wilson': American Critic" by Colm Toibin,


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Note:

Apparently the birthplace/museum is still in operation:

Though, perhaps, the museum is no longer getting its former respect:
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