Monday, January 08, 2007
The dialogue surrounding the characters of Lenin and Nadya in Travesties are all taken from primary historical documents. Stoppard pulled selectively from Nadya's memoirs, essays and articles published by Ulyanov and even a eulogy penned by the leader's friend, Maxim Gorky. Below are links to the various texts (excepting Memories of Lenin, which is out of print):
"Party Organization and Party Literature".
"V.I. Lenin" by Gorky.
"Leo Tolstoy as the Mirror for the Russian Revolution".
Collected Works of Lenin