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Gorky's Tolstoy and Other Reminiscences: Key Writings By and About Maxim Gorky
 
 
Author
Donald Fanger, trans.
Publisher Yale  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780300111668
Pages/Publication Date 297/2008
Daedalus Item Code 12751
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Maxim Gorky (1868–1936) enjoyed worldwide fame in the first half of the 20th century. Prodigiously gifted and prolific, riddled with contradictions, praised increasingly for political rather than literary reasons, he left a vast body of writing that contains acknowledged masterpieces alongside many currently neglected works that still await impartial assessment. Taken together, the pieces in this book (many of them based on fuller texts than those of previously published translations) present a surprising and unfamiliar Gorky—a figure who, once the clichés are stripped away from him, becomes ever more fascinating and enigmatic as man, as writer, and as historical figure. Among the selections here are portraits of Gorky by four particularly astute observers: poet Vladislav Khodasevich, critics Boris Eikhenbaum and Georgy Adamovich, and novelist Evgeny Zamiatin.

"Was Gorky a dissident, a witness, a martyr, a collaborator, simply a survivor? His biography and reputation were badly in need of a new synoptic look, and Donald Fanger has crafted a fascinating multi-dimensional portrait of him, both as subject and object."—Caryl Emerson

"This book is a treasure chest of brilliantly told and revealing anecdotes. Donald Fanger's English translation is so wonderfully readable that it is hard to believe these pieces could be any more effective in the original Russian."—David Lodge

 
 
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