24 September 2007

The Granta — Lionel Britton

This drawing was published in The Granta in 1931. At the top is the title 'NOT the editor of the review', and at the bottom 'Comrade Lionel Britton'. This latter caption is rather ironic: although Britton applied (unsuccessfully) for Russian citizenship in 1917, his three-month stay in Russia in 1935 — at the invitation of the International Union of Revolutionary Writers — was a great disappointment to him. Britton hated the queues, the lack of everyday commodities, the air of secrecy everywhere, and the fact that he was not allowed to move about freely.

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