PBC0158: anger at betrayal
PBC 158 conveys resentful anger as an effect of the Revolution and Civil War, a feeling primarily directed at ordinary people for their support of the Bolshevik seizure of power (W85). Revolutionary sympathizers are painted as “narod-executioner, narod-Judas” who “slayed their Fatherland” during the bloody years of war (W88). Anti-nationalist views, held by “The Iscariots of the day,” betrayed Russia, “handing the Motherland’s grandeur to the enemy as a gift” (W89). Detractors of the revolution decry a “black betrayal” by the people, leading to scenes of “bloody shadows” that alarm and a “forgone Russia” calling nationalists back home (W516).
“ I crumple the map in my hands… ”