Today’s book is another souvenir of my time as a student in the Soviet Union – a copy of Mikhail Gorbachev’s speech in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution. At 61 pages (communist leaders made long speeches!), it is more of a pamphlet than a book.
I also have a copy of the newspaper Krasnaia Zvezda containing the speech. To save me having to read the whole thing, my Soviet roommate marked the bits which he thought merited looking at. As you can see below, he queried Gorbachev’s rather naïve statement that ‘the national question has been resolved.’ Being from the Ivano Frankovsk region of western Ukraine, he obviously had a better sense of the realities of national divisions in the Soviet Union than did Gorbachev.