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Pecundang

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Pecundang berlatar belakang jaman revolusi Rusia yaitu pada masa revolusi bersenjata melawan rezim Czar di mana seluruh Rusia dalam keadaan kacau. Pecundang ditulis pada tahun 1907 dan sempat dilarang. Baru pada tahun 1917 diterbitkan di saat terjadinya kekosongan kekuasaan.

Novel ini menggambarkan dengan sangat baik kehidupan masa kecil seorang anak yang begitu pahit. Nam
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Paperback, 405 pages
Published 2001 by Yayasan Bentang Budaya (first published 1907)
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Laura
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Maxim Gorky was a Russian proponent of the naturalist approach to fiction. He introduced the peasant and workingman as hero and some of his popularity is undoubtedly due to this. Unlike Dostoevsky who saw evil in metaphysical terms, Gorky was an advocate of class conflict as the source of evil. His materialism stemmed from Marxist ideology and would lead him to join with Lenin and the Bolsheviks. This novel was written before that in 1
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Eleni
Oct 23, 2012 Eleni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of a man, full of fears, that never found the courage to face them. Suffering from tormenting thoughts, but also by an invincible cowardice, lives his life as a spectator, letting himself being dragged by events, which lead him to end up as a spy, an informer for the shake of the Czar. Non- educated, mentally deficient, self-ignorant, tries to please anybody that looks influential and powerful. Although it seems he is dreaming and believes in a better life, he never stands up for it, h ...more
Amy
As is common in a lot of Russian literature, there is not a whole lot of light or happiness in Life of a Useless Man. There is a lot of despair, suffering, personal and social upheaval and catastrophe, and tragic, violent death. It's a lovely example of tragic Russian literature, and what can I say, I love Russian lit!

Life of a Useless Man does unfold a little slowly, and lots of people walk into and out of Yevsey' s life, so it can be a a challenge to keep track of all that's going on. Still, t
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Niko
Nov 10, 2013 Niko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terrific novel, a great channeling of the spirit of a time. 1905, the events prior to the Russian Revolution of 1917 with all its magic, its liberation, its errors and horrors. Of course Gorky is a friend of communism and this leaks through this early novel of his on many occasions. But the writer is much more than that, and this no mere ideological book: It is an amasing study of the human mind and psyche, both of the individual and the collective, as bold and honest as anything I've ever rea ...more
James
Maxim Gorky was a Russian proponent of the naturalist approach to fiction. He introduced the peasant and workingman as hero and some of his popularity is undoubtedly due to this. Unlike Dostoevsky who saw evil in metaphysical terms, Gorky was an advocate of class conflict as the source of evil. His materialism stemmed from Marxist ideology and would lead him to join with Lenin and the Bolsheviks. This novel was written before that in 1907 and its publication was prohibited by the Czarist regime. ...more
Howard
May 29, 2015 Howard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was written soon after the Russian October revolution of 1905 (a prelude to the 1917 one) by Gorky being a witness to the events and subsequently arrested. The style is a rather accessible and uncomplicated or overly lengthy – there are few characters and this is a Russian novel where the names, which I always have difficulty with (diminutives, family, patrimony etc), were not so evident. The book was banned by the Tsar in Russia until 1917.

The story tells the life of loner and orphan
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Shanti
Jun 16, 2012 Shanti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is about a loser, that havent any courage to faced his world. yet he comes spies, not by his effort but by his fate. his silentness locked him into his miserable world and in the end... death is his only choice. cant imagine how can a man keep silent in front of his world and make war with himself. but still this book is worth to read. like it :D
BeaMDG
Dec 10, 2015 BeaMDG rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Interesante historia sobre un joven perdido. Pero perdido en cuanto a la vida. Va y viene según la corriente, carece de un carácter que le haga decidir por sí mismo. En un entorno complicado, durante el derrocamiento de los zares, vive guiado por los demás.
William Baker
Apr 29, 2016 William Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Which loneliness is better? The the one stemming from the choices that built you into a unique individual? Or a loneliness that resulted even when you let others make choices in your behalf? Or a loneliness caused exactly because others make the choices on your behalf, without you having a say? The book deals with the last version, but the reasons for the main character, Yevsey Klimkov's being or becoming a passive, incapacitated sufferer remain oblique.
Sadam Husaen Mohammad
Jul 28, 2012 Sadam Husaen Mohammad rated it really liked it
Buku ini benar-benar menunjukkan aliran realisme yang dibawa oleh seorang Gorki. menceritakan seorang anak desa bernama Yevsey yang merantau ke kota dengan pimpinan yang begitu otoriter bernama kaisar Czar. Yevsey pun merasakan ada yang salah dengan negara itu, tapi untuk hidup dia akhirnya bekerja pada departemen pertahanan sebagai seorang mata-mata yang bertugas memata-matai para pemberontak. akhir cerita dari buku ini adalah kegelisahan Yevsey yang ingin ikut dalam perkumpulan para pemberonta ...more
Lisa
Oct 22, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since the days of the Czar to the present day, it seems to me that the Russian people keep getting squeezed. Would Yevsey have had a better chance these days? I also wonder what Gorky would think about Russia these days. I usually come away from such books feeling nothing but resignation. Anyone else?
Ian Aviandy
I am an useless man.

"I may have fucked my life up, flatter than hammered shit, but I stand here before you today beholden to no human cocksucker"

that'd be all.
Ali Sastradiwirya
Dec 12, 2015 Ali Sastradiwirya rated it really liked it
Saya suka Yevsey, Hampir seperti saya suka Meursault atau Aku di Lapar-nya Knut Hamsun. :)
naureen
Oh, useless man! This is good character development in that you begin the book feeling sorry for a kid, and slowly you begin to develope a commie-style antipathy for this kid (young adult) who doesn't seem to believe in anyone or anything but ease. Oh, ease! Who knows what life we should all lead - one of pursuing comfort or truth - but I stopped reading this tale about halfway through.
Pedro Varanda
Excelente retrato da Rússia na véspera da Revolução Socialista de 1905, na perspetiva dos serviços de espionagem do Czar. De fundo temos sempre o ideal Socialista como saída para todas as desigualdades. Hoje sabemos que tudo isso correu mal, mas não deixa de ser fascinante este ideal utópico. A ler.
Alison
Jun 02, 2011 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who don't mind a little bit of gloom
i like the gloomy russians, but ye be warned. this book starts with a pathetic character & leaves him, by the end of the book, more miserable & pathetic than he started (hence the book's title).
Carlos Hugo Winckler Godinho
Gostei bastante do estilo do Autor, mas falta algum objetivo mais claro na história. Alguns outros personagens poderiam ter sido mais aprofundados também, ao invés de centrar só em um.
Kıvanç Özışık
Daha düzgün bir zamanda okumalıyım tekrar.
Malamas
Mar 25, 2013 Malamas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Επίκαιρο. Ο χαφιές παραμένει χαφιές...
Fajrin Satar
gambaran revolusi Rusia,,,
Bethany
Most aptly named book ever
Shanti
Aug 23, 2012 Shanti rated it really liked it
dark but cool
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Aleksey Maximovich Peshkov (Russian: Алексей Максимович Пешков; better known as Maxim Gorky (Russian: Максим Горький, 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 polici
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