“A Day in the Life of Comrade Lenin” by Carole Buggé Author
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From: Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown, edited by Marvin Kaye
Thoughts: Vladimir Lenin, yes, that Vladimir Lenin, has a crisis of philosophy. He decides to head to America and search for the proletariat in New York City. What he finds is…not the proletariat…but an extraordinary selections of socks Bloomingdale’s and a beautiful punk rocker who seduces him. Did I mention that this is 1970s NYC? This story seems a odd choice, even for the anthology’s Miscellaneous Nightmares category. Then again, maybe that is precisely what Lenin’s nightmare might be like.
While this story didn’t induce fear in me, it was well written and fairly amusing. Poor Lenin is alternately confused and homesick, though in the end, he seems pretty happy with the “friends” he’s made.