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Leon Trotsky 19351227 Request for a Month’s Leave of Absence

Leon Trotsky: Request for a Month’s Leave of Absence

December 27, 1935

[Writing of Leon Trotsky, Vol. 8, 1935-36, New York ²1977, p. 220]

It is absolutely necessary that I should get at least four weeks’ leave and should not be approached with any letters from the sections. … Otherwise it will be impossible for me to recover my capacity for work. These disgusting trivia not only rob me of my ability to cope with more serious affairs, but give me insomnia, fever, etc. … I request you to be quite ruthless about this. Then I may perhaps be at your disposal again, say, by February 1.