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The Artamonovs

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Of all Gorky's novels, The Artomonovs is the most impressive and dramatic. In this book Gorky displays at their best the power of creating character and the gift for managing scenes of energetic action which won world-wide admiration for his early stories. His distinctive blend of humor and tragedy, violence and pity, exuberance and introspection, is here put at the servic...more
Paperback, 588 pages
Published November 26th 2002 by University Press of the Pacific (first published 1924)
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Nicholas Beck
Gorky's attempt to write a family saga spanning approximately 50 years from the emancipation of the serfs and the resulting rise of middle class capitalism which leads to the Communist revolution. The Artamonovs slowly lose interest in retaining control of their clothing factory with the advent of the 3rd generation. Gorky's theorises that capitalist ambition and energy become diluted in a family enterprise by the time the grandchildren come of age to take the reins. Loosely based on his reading...more
The Artamonovs are a difficult family to like, dysfunctional in many ways they don't seem to like each other. The Artamonov Business or Decadence as this version is called follows the family across three generations. The majority of the central characters are male with the women appearing as only minor characters.
THE ARTAMONOV BUSINESS. (1925; this ed. 1955). Maxim Gorky. ***.
Frankly, I hadn’t heard of this novel by Gorky before I found this edition in an early Folio Society edition from 1955 in a translation by Alec Brown with woodcuts by Peter Pendrey. I’ve read a couple of other things by Gorky (1868-1936), but, in general, he tends to be too didactic for my taste. This novel, which carried forward his reputation for social realism, displayed what he felt was the failure of the freeing of the serfs b...more
Velskrevet på den lidt svære måde. Der er en del personer, og det har jeg ofte svært ved at holde rede på, således også her.

Der er også en del, som sandsynligvis er lidt indforstået. Men den slags elsker jeg, når det er godt, for ofte ligger netop mange af forfatterens og tidens fordomme gemt lige her, hvilket jeg som antropolog er ret interesseret i. Kønsrollerne er således interessant beskrevet, ligesom der er udfald mod jøder, ligeledes interessant.

Ideen til romanen er fantastisk. Som jeg f...more
A family saga, Gorky's novel chronicles the fortunes of several generations of families between the liberation of the serfs and the cataclysm of the Great War and the subsequent Bolshevik revolution. The beginnings and growth of a bourgeois class is told by a short-sighted artist whose provides the following description of workers:
"Everyone lives for work, but whether men live for anything beyond their work we can't see." That this short-sightedness would contribute to the success of the Bolshev...more
I would give it 3.5 if I could.
The book is about the birth and the malady of the Russian bourgeoisie in the beginning of the 20-th century on the example of one family. This might actually sound distant and irrelevant but the story is written in an engaging style. Classical realism. And besides, you can find a lot of similarities between the personal and social problems and themes of the era and our modern times.
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Aleksey Maximovich Peshkov (Russian: Алексе́й Макси́мович Пешков; better known as Maxim Gorky (Russian: Макси́м Го́рький, IPA: [mɐˈksʲim ˈɡorʲkʲɪj]), was a Russian/Soviet author, a founder of the socialist realism literary method and a political activist.

From 1906 to 1913 and from 1921 to 1929 he lived abroad, mostly in Capri, Italy; after his return to the Soviet Union he accepted the cultural po...more
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