Mussolini: His Part In My Downfall (War Memoirs, Volume 4) by Spike Milligan

By Spike Milligan

Britannia ideas the waves TA-RA, yet on events she waives the principles and Spike is prepared to liberate-gasp-Italy. during this fourth quantity of warfare memoirs, Lance-Bombardier Milligan (Spike really) keeps his infamous sage of worldwide struggle II - from the lengthy remembered outbreak of crabs in monkey to the unlucky ack-acking of and American killyhawk. Dio mio, is struggle is a online game of playing cards, a person was once dishonest.

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He behaved differently from that first meeting in the coach, when his flattery of M. had verged on the indecent (as I later realized, he had thought M. was now an influen­ tial Soviet grandee). ” In Moscow Gorodetski had already recovered from his fright and come to an understanding with the new rulers—helped no doubt by the fact that he had once been the “ Sun Boy,” the hope of Russian litera­ ture. M. ” Gorodetski had taken up residence in an old house near Iverskaya,* and assured visitors that it had once belonged to Boris Godunov.

After Boris Sinani’s death, M. spent two years abroad. It was a time of loneliness when he wrote verse about the anguish experi­ enced by any young man. He felt particularly lonely in Italy, where he spent several weeks as a tourist rather than as a student. He re­ gretted ever after that because of his inner turmoil he had seen very little and not used his time to better purpose. His feeling of solitude left him only when he returned to Peters­ burg. In Terioki,f where he often went for a holiday, he got to know Kablukov, who was, I believe, secretary of the Religious-Philosoph* The Tenishev Commercial School in Petersburg.

As often happens in such cases, he carefully studied the articles and theories of the Symbolists, thinking he might still not have under­ stood them properly. His emancipation came all of a sudden, but it must be said that he was more deeply marked by Russian symbolism than any of the others. I think his last book showed him to be freer of it, and if he had been granted a normal span of life, he would have shown his true mettle. But his life was cut short. M. and Akhmatova were infuriated at the way literary historians tended to lump anybody they fancied together with the Acmeists: Kuzmin on account of his “ clarism,” Lozinski because of his friendship with them, and all the young poets who reckoned themselves to be Gumilev’s disciples (of whom there were a great many, since Gumilev was evidently a born teacher).

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