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‘Marxism-Leninism is a stone
to break the head of imperialism
and the bourgeoisie.’

‘No. Marxism-Leninism is the catapult
with which that stone is flung.’

‘No, no. Marxism-Leninism is the idea
that moves the arm
that pulls the elastic
of the sling that flings the stone.’

‘Marxism-Leninism is the sword
to cut off the hands of imperialism.’

‘Nonsense? Marxism-Leninism is the theory
of carrying out a manicure on imperialism
while looking for an opportunity to tie its hands.’

What am I doing if I go through life
reading about Marxism-Leninism
and on growing up I forgot
that I had pockets full of stones
and a catapult in my back pocket
and that I could easily get a sword
and that I couldn’t stand even five minutes
in a beauty parlour?


Roque Dalton
Translation by Michal Boncza and John Green

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