CHICAGO – The Stalin Society of North America has elected to ring in the new year with the release of a book sure to delight its core audience: The Revolutionary Russian Reader promises to educate the reader in key points of Russian grammar and lexicon through example texts culled from the writings of V.I. Lenin and Joseph Stalin.
“It’s for young comrades who want to learn Russian, but can’t relate to the dry dialogues about buying tickets and going round a friend’s place for tea. We figure some theoretical and propagandistic texts written by the minds responsible for the most exciting chapters of Russian history would be more engaging for a lot of people,” explained Alfonso Casal, author of the Revolutionary Russian Reader, Chairperson of the SSNA, and National Spokesperson for the American Party of Labor.
“Is it a niche market? Sure. But Anglo-Americans who are actually willing to learn a second language are already a niche market. And you’d be hard pressed to find a pairing more natural than Russian and Marxism-Leninism.”
Asked how accessible the book would be as an actual textbook for learning the language, Casal excitedly opened the book to the first unit “Лозунги/Slogans”.
“This is the chapter where we teach the Russian case system. It might seem like a lot, but when you’ve got ‘Вся власть Советам!’ memorised as ‘All power to the Soviets!’, how can you ever forget the plural dative?”
“From there we go all the way up to lengthy sections taken from the Collected Works. Both of them.”
Asked if he thought the books would sell, Casal assured us that not only was there already a substantial pre-order list, but that the rumour is that the Maoists are putting together a similar work for the Chinese language.
“We thought of doing the same thing for Albanian, because you know, Enver Hoxha. But who’s going to learn Albanian? Even EMEP never did it. EMEP!”