Maxim Gorky: “That’s what war is for – to seize foreign land or depopulate one’s own”

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Maxim Gorky: Selections on war


Maxim Gorky
From Fragments From My Diary (1923)
Translated by Moura Budberg


Excerpts from Some Views on the War:

In the garden in front of the Narodni Dom a heterogeneous group of people was listening to the bold words of a little soldier. He had a bandage around his head and his bright eyes shone with inspiration. He spoke in a high-pitched voice, and clutched at the people standing next to him, in his anxiety to impress his audience.

‘As a matter of fact,’ he said, ‘we are, of course the stronger, but in every other respect we can’t hold a candle to them. The German fights with calculation, he uses soldiers carefully, whereas we – slap bang! – all the gruel’s thrown into the pot at once…’

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