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Chemical Soup

James Meek: Embalming Lenin’s body

18 March 1999
Lenin's Embalmers 
by Ilya Zbarsky and Samuel Hutchinson.
Harvill, 215 pp., £12.99, October 1998, 1 86046 515 3
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... societally: this was a warning that they intended to break with the Enlightenment tradition of rational thought and inquiry – something Lenin and most of the early Bolsheviks never thought to do. IlyaZbarsky’s poignant, laconic memoir is partly an account of how his opportunist father Boris came to head the laboratory responsible for keeping Lenin’s body in perfect condition. It is also an ...

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