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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  174 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Paperback, 405 pages
Published 2001 by Yayasan Bentang Budaya (first published 1907)
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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
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
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
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
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
Miguel Alcázar

La vida de un hombre inútil comienza como una especie de Lazarillo de Tormes solo que algo peor por no ser española y por estar escrita cuatrocientos años después (y es que el Lazarillo es en verdad una de las cimas de nuestra literatura pues con él lo petamos bien petado a nivel europeo, es decir, mundial): una radiografía implacable de la Rusia zarista a través de los ojos de un pobre diablo llamado Yevséi Klimkov al que todo Dios le tiene ojeriza por empanado y pardillín (posible banda son
Sadam Husaen Mohammad
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
Filipe Carmo
An haunting review on a man's life. Quite similar to Dostoievski's Crime and Punishement the book teaches the desesperation of a man (like many others) not built for his time, maybe not for this Earth. A delight till the very last page!
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.
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 decir por sí mismo. En un entorno complicado, durante el derocamiento de los zares, vive guiado por los demás.
Jun 02, 2011 Alison rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Επίκαιρο. Ο χαφιές παραμένει χαφιές...
Fajrin Satar
gambaran revolusi Rusia,,,
Most aptly named book ever
dark but cool
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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
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