The Provincial Lady in Russia

I Visit the Soviets is a chronicle of three journeys to Russia in the aftermath of the Revolution, by English author E. M. Delafield.

Delafield's book on her experiences living in a Soviet commune and indeed traveling throughout much of Russia is a great read. A smart, connected prose style amplifies some extraordinary scenes of Russia burgeoning even at the end of the first flush after the revolution. The lurking presence of Stalin wanders obliquely menacing through the revealing prose of a very capable reporter, who to her credit takes her task seriously and scores with a novelist's discerning eye for vital detail.

It is, a fascinating factual account of E. M. Delafield's visit to communist Russia in the 1930's. Please read this book if you are interested in social history, English attitudes to communist Russia in the 30's, and witty, erudite, informative writing.

I Visit the Soviets was first published in 1937. E-book: ePUB, 13,700 words, average reading time 1 hour, 15 min.
50 printed pages
Original publication
Anncona Media



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