It pains me to think that you have lost your optimism, which so struck me on the occasion of our first meeting two years ago. Personally, I have preserved a profound faith in our future.
The nations must be driven to exhaustion; but misty will continue to move forward, and I believe in this richer and wider conception of civilization, in which intellectuals from Asia will bring the opportunities for development to our now impoverished Europe.
Boris Savinkov has visited us. He was sober and healthy. Our situation as he sketched out for us is dire. Here it is in brief: we are to expect territorial losses. In the north, Riga and further, up to Narva; in the south, Moldova and Bessarabia. See more
Complete internal economic and political collapse. Every minute is crucial, as each minute is closer to the last. A state of military emergency must be declared throughout Russia.
KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917 is expected to arrive the day after tomorrow from Central Headquarters. He and Savinkov will present Kerensky with a proposal to introduce serious measures. Crisis talks are expected to take place in Moscow in a few days, and members of the government cannot arrive empty-handed. They must come with a detailed plan of steps to be taken and real authority. The matter in hand is, of course, clear and unavoidable, but what is going on? Where is Kerensky? What has happened? Has Kerensky been replaced, did we not see him earlier? Has the understanding in him grown that he can no longer balk from the necessity of “taking power”? I cannot see. I must find out more. That Kerensky is afraid of something is a fact, but of what? Of whom?
I was counting money after the lecture. I loathed these crumpled notes terribly. I had no idea I had so much hatred towards them. See more
I imagined the faces of soldiers, workers, women waiting in line to the cashier’s. Everyone has their own lives, their own sorrows. And these crumpled notes - like their existence - are a crime.
Dearest Lev, allow me to add a few more lines to yesterday’s telegram. Please come and see me in Morges, and together we will work something out. I am convinced that the remaining questions hanging over the production can be solved only if we work together. See more
There is no way I can leave my family, which means you, dear friend, simply must come here for further negotiations concerning the Shakespeare production. I am absolutely sure that everything will fall into place if you come, and then I could begin work on the music. Thus I await your answer. Please write, or better telegram, to inform me of the details of your arrival to Morges.
Ladies at the neighboring dacha become anxious at nights, they are afraid they might be robbed, and they don’t sleep well through the night. Everywhere we hear rumors about robberies. See more
Even in Moscow you can witness a robbery at a shop, cafe or a bank. It is just as dangerous. This is what anarchy is, pure anarchy under the socialist rule!