At the beginning of the war, the workers were still

only speaking of the need to “do something.”  V.I. Lyuzhin,

who had at first been very skeptical, had now come

to believe in the possibility of a revolutionary movement.  He

gave most careful thought to the matter, making notes and

planning it all out on paper, while the others did

nothing at all.  Little by little he became obsessed with

his thoughts, which made his brain throb night after night.

He did not know how to control the ideas that

streamed from his pen like water from a burst pipe.


Paraphrases from the novel The Belly of Paris by Émile Zola and the article “The Lives They Lived: Kurt Eissler, b. 1908; Keeper of Freud’s Secrets” by Janet Malcolm.