Books: Pidgin for Progressives

THE LANGUAGE OF COMMUNISM (149 pp.) — Harry Hodgkinson — Pitman ($3.75).

Communication between the Eastern Marxist and Western Christian—whether in courtesies at the summit or in the lower depths of an interrogation cell—is always baffled by language difficulties. The two biggest Communist nations expropriated the language of Tolstoy and Confucius, and interpreters are available. But who will interpret the language of Marxism, which presents problems more complex than the conjugation of a Russian verb or the tonal inflections of Mandarin? That many-splendored monolith, world Communism, is, in fact, a monoglot, whatever...

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