Mapping Imagined Geographies of Revolutionary Russia

PBC0155: mockery of Bolsheviks

PBC 155 laughs in the face of Bolsheviks from a nationalist perspective by mocking their newly formed government, its leaders, and their followers (W513). Party heads are implicated in the destruction of “Mother Rasia” [matushka Raseia], representing the end of a recognizable Russia in favor of the “little father International” (W61). Tongue-in-cheek images of life in “free Soviet Russia” show functionaries pressganging ordinary citizens to show up at well-orchestrated demonstrations (W65). Soviet officials such as Vladimir Lenin and Lev Trotskii live in the Kremlin, as if in a magical “kingdom,” while Maksim Gor’kii and Anatolii Lunacharskii mocked for their vapid feuilletons (W64).


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