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Leon Trotsky 19380207 Letter to Jan Frankel

Leon Trotsky: Letter to Jan Frankel

February 7, 1938

[Writing of Leon Trotsky, Vol. 14, New York 1979, p 757, title: “Jules Remains on Lenin”]

My Dear Friend:

I am now sending you the official notification from the Norwegian lawyer. I cannot help but pay it. If you succeed in making money from the last article and from the operation with the Lenin book please send the sum of Kr. 1094.14 immediately to the address indicated in the letter.

Did you receive my letter about the serializing of the Lenin book and Eastman's translation? That is the most important question and it should be resolved by the transfer of the book to a new publisher. Somebody should visit Eastman and explain to him that his elementary duty is to let me free. Don't forget that Simon and Schuster are his friends and that the transfer can enslave me still more to the translator than I am now. I never could clear up the matter with the manuscript of The Revolution Betrayed when it was supposed to be a "preface" to The History of the Russian Revolution because Eastman covered Simon and Schuster and Simon and Schuster covered Eastman. In every collision with my publishers Eastman was every time against me. I am a bit tired of this "collaboration." If he will not abandon my book on Lenin he must take upon himself the obligation to translate immediately the first part of the manuscript and to deliver it to me for revision and serialization.

In the last volume of his epopee, Jules Romains pictures the figure of Lenin at the beginning of the war in 1914. I am ready to write an article on Jules Romains and Lenin with a general characterization of the epopee and especially of Lenin. I believe that the article could be marketed.

You never write about your own life and particularly about your health. Is it better than it was the last period here? Do you have good medical care?

My heartiest greetings.

Yours as ever, L.D.