Theater: Blunt History

THE PEACE OF BREST-LITOVSK

by Mikhail Shatrov

Snow flutters to the ground. Church bells peal. A widowed mother carrying a swaddled child paces despondently, then wheels and, in the accents of old Russia, jeers at the leaders of the new Soviet state: "Liars! Killers! You don't know Christ!" The time is the last day of 1917, and the central object of her rage is V.I. Lenin. His revolution has succeeded, but his nation's economy is failing, its armies are in retreat, its enemies are demanding territory, and its ideology has failed to take hold anywhere beyond the borders of traditional Russia.

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