Thursday, March 21, 2013

Rosa, Vladimir and Mimi

Rosa Luxemburg, in an April 1911 letter to Konstantin Zetkin, wrote the following about her cat, Mimi:
She impressed Lenin tremendously, he said that only in Siberia had he seen such a magnificent creature, that she was a barskii kot--a majestic cat. She also flirted with him, rolled on her back and behaved enticingly toward him, but when he tried to approach her she whacked him with a paw and snarled like a tiger.

Needless to say, this little anecdote, so minor that it could easily be dispensed with in an adult biography, is going to get a page of its own in the kids' biography, if only so that I can have the pleasure of putting the illustrator to work on depicting Lenin getting whacked by a majestic cat.

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