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The Seven Who Were Hanged (Dodo Press)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  422 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Story from the Russian playwright regarded by many to have led the Expressionism movement in Russian literature.
Paperback, 100 pages
Published June 29th 2006 by Dodo Press (first published 1908)
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
A professional criminal, a simmering psychopath turned spontaneous, disorganized murderer/attempted rapist, and five accused terrorists are sentenced to the gallows in early 20th century Russia, the latter group for a foiled assassination attempt on a government officer. The previous sentence contains the sum-total of action-based plot-line of Andreyev's Social Realist novel, a multifarious meditation on that which most humans fear to even catch glimpse the shadow of: inevitable death. Much like ...more
Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma
A very sorrowful tale. I read this book with a lot of glum written all over my face.

This is a tale of the last moments in the lives of seven prisoners who are about to be executed. All seven have been tried and and sentenced to death.

Most of them have committed serious offences. The question that I kept asking myself is whether their cri es justifies tge death penalty.

When I read the book, I realized that they were stil human beings who are capable of experiences which other 'normal' people e
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Bryn Hammond
Perfect craft in this story on the cruelty of execution. I don't know a better story in the world.

Follows on from Dostoyevsky's passages on capital punishment in The Idiot and the short work important to him in his turn, Victor Hugo's The Last Day of a Condemned Man. I think, though, they'd each be proud to have written this. It not only has the seven perspectives -- terrorists and common murderers -- but the effects on guards; and begins in theme with the political victim who gets away, but no
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Nick
Leonid Andreyev belonged to that unhappy generation of Russians fortunate enough to see the Tsar fall and unfortunate enough to see the rise of the Bolsheviks. His eventual exile into poverty in Finland ended his career. His oeuvre is small, a few plays and a wide-ranging prose. I have great affection for “He Who Gets Slapped” made into a remarkable silent movie by Lon Chaney, Sr. Of the stories in the volume, “The Seven Who Were Hanged” is the best-known and is a triumph: few writers can constr ...more
Ashley
Dec 06, 2008 Ashley rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of russian literature, interested in how people deal with looming death
Covers the crimes, trials, and last days of the titular Seven Who Were Hanged. Interesting to compare and contrast with the last chapter of The Stranger by Camus; French vs. Russian, existentialist vs. the varied and passionate feelings by these prisoners. Quite dragging at some parts, and repetitive in its portrayals of the prisoners' thoughts-- understandably thorough of the dark subject matter, but the work itself probably would have been stronger as a short story rather than a novella; still ...more
Amalie
Amazing reading! Read it with the group.

This is about seven people condemned to death, five for an attempt of a political assassination and two for common murders. The story shows how they face their ordeal, with reactions varying. All are well seven is well differentiated with psychological insight (male characters were far well written than the female) They are each treated with this amazing insight and with an understanding that is never maudlin.

dely
3,5

This is a very short book but it is thought-provoking.
First of all, Andreyev is against death penalty and he writes about it through seven characters. There are seven convicts who are sentenced to death because of different crimes they had committed (two were murders, five of them had organized a political terrorist attack which failed).
How do you face death if you know the exact moment when you will die? All the characters face it in a different way, they react in different ways and there a
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Fiona
The Seven Who Were Hanged is barely more than a novella, and I read it in two afternoons, about three weeks apart. It's sparse on plot: seven people are going to be hanged (surprise), five for attempted political assassination, two for various quite violent murders. We meet each of them, we hear about their circumstances, a little, and their trials. Most of the book, however, is about the hours of freefall between sentence and execution, the end of life and the beginning of death. The reason I l ...more
Uyuyan Adam
Andreyev'den okuduğum ilk kitap Lazarus'tu ve beni gerek anlatımı gerek atmosferi ile fazlasıyle etkilemişti. Dolayısıyla ikinci bir Andreyev kitabı için sabırsızlanıyordum. Maalesef bu kitap beklediğimden çok daha zayıf çıktı. Karakterlerle özdeşleşmek (ki bu idam mahkumu öykülerinde çok zor değildir) mümkün olmadığı gibi, anlatım da kuru ve yapay kalmıştı. Bunun iki nedeni olduğunu düşündüm. Birincisi, politik nedenlerle yazılan çoğu eserin bahsettiğim yapaylığa kurban olması, diğeri de kötü b ...more
Sli
Priča o sitnicama koje to nisu. Čitajući ovu priču, čovjek biva svjestan kako je svaki komadić ljudskog tijela, psihe, duše - čudnovat i jedinstven. Ruke, prsti, svjetlo u tami, dašak proljeća, jutarnji snijeg i zora, sve je vrijedno, neprocjenjivo - kada znaš da ćeš umrijeti. Ljepota smrti je u neznanju, neizvjesnosti. Kada je to točno određeni trenutak u vremenu, smrt postaje užas.
Pišući ovaj osvrt, svjestan sam koliko me je Andrejev potakao na razmišljanje. Šteta što u ljudskoj prirodi nije
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Lemar
Leonid Andreyev wrote an introduction to the English translation of The Seven Who Were Hanged in which he says, "Literature, which I have the honor to serve, is dear to me just because the noblest task it sets before itself is that of wiping out boundaries and distances." Reading this a century after it appeared, I would add time to Andreyev's list of boundaries that literature transcends. Andreyev's message is equally important in every language and in every time.

This is a tough book; it deals
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Melinda
'My task was to point out the horror and the iniquity of capital punishment under any circumstances.' - Andreyev

A scintillating psychological exploration on death and war.

Tried in secret with a sentence of death by hanging 5 terrorists and 2 peasants actions, and thoughts are shared during trial and while in their cells as they await their fatal fate. With an appeal not being an option, these seven are rendered helpless, their hanging inevitable. Defendants are introduced with the focus on th
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Vittorio Ducoli
L'oblio ingiustificato di un grande autore

Andreev è un autore del primo novecento russo oggi piuttosto dimenticato e di difficile reperibilità, ad ennesima riprova di una editoria italiana che si è fatta sempre più pavida e conformista. Eppure questo I sette impiccati è un racconto di grande forza emotiva, che scava profondamente negli abissi dell'animo umano, oltre a mostrare la disumanità della società prerivoluzionaria russa.
Cinque terroristi, tre uomini e due donne, vengono condannati a mort
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Bev Spicer
Set at the time of the first Russian revolution in 1905, the book opens with a plot to kill an important official, a plot which has been foiled by Russian police. Later, the authorities arrest three young men and two young women who are accused of terrorism and condemned to death by hanging. There are two other prisoners who will join them on the day of their execution, one a servant who murders his master and tries to rape his master's wife and the other a bandit and a murderer.

We know from the
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Thom Swennes
First published in 1909 The Seven Who Were Hanged by Leonid Nikolasvich Andreyev is the story of the last few days of seven condemned prisoners. Two of the seven were charged with murder and the other five (three men and two women) were found guilty of terrorism. Like One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn the shadow of depression hangs over the work. As I was reading it, the picture it painted was in black and a multitude of shades of gray. Although this book was writt ...more
Alan
Once regarded as one of the most gifted writers of Russia's "silver age," Leonid Nikolaevich Andreyev's reputation has waned considerably, and he is now almost unknown outside of his native Russia. This is unfortunate,because The Seven Who Were Hanged is a masterpiece, elegant and understated in its treatment of the last days of five convicted terrorists and two murderers. Andreyev was an outspoken opponent of capital punishment; and his depiction of the condemned is sensitive yet honest at the ...more
Laura
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.
Marts  (Thinker)
If criminal, murderer, terrorist, peasant, there's the human there's the 'criminality' of convicting the criminal there's death, there's every element of concious and environment and Andreyev's tale of early 20th century Russia...

Greg Collver
Good book. Shorter and much easier to read than many Russian novels. It had some unique insights the subject of capital punishment and the thoughts of convicts facing a certain time of death. I'm glad I read it.
Roberta
Un libro straordinario. Non c'è stato un racconto che non valesse la pena di leggere. Andrejev ha un modo di narrare che definirei poetico, ti perdi nelle sue parole, e ti lasci violentare da esse. Diventa angoscioso leggerlo in certi momenti. E quando chiudi il libro ti senti quasi come se ti avessere tirato una martellata in testa.
Ogni storia affronta un certo tipo di essere umano. L'intero libro è come un diamante, le cui varie facce sono scheggiate dal male che l'uomo compie.
Avevo recupera
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Valarie
This version was poorly edited/translated, but despite this I was able to see how genius the story must be in the original language.
Jason
Apr 10, 2014 Jason rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jason by: Robert E. Howard
My reading has been a bit strange since my near-death experience last year. I wasn’t able to read much in the hospital, and since then I feel consistently disappointed with everything I read; even the things I rate good. It’s a kind of reading malaise and depression... I am not sure how I’m going to kick it.

I read that Robert E. Howard was a big fan of Leonid Andreyev, so (being an REH fan), I decided to give him a try. I found a number of his works for free in the Kindle store, but I chose this
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Tasos Anastasopoulos
This book seemed like a really nice chance to be read quite fast in order to improve a bit my pace trying to complete the 60 book challenge that I am so much left behind. I have never heard neither the author nor any of his books in the past and the title was well a bit “intriguing” me about what the subject of the book may have been. I hadn’t read the plot, even now that I am writing the review I am not aware of the plot at all since I still haven’t bothered (due to lack of internet) to add it ...more
Núria
Por supuesto que ‘Los siete ahorcados’ de Leonid Andreiev es una obra contra la pena de muerte, pero es mucho más. Los cinco ahorcados del título son cinco terroristas que intentaron cometer un atentado, un hombre bruto e inculto que en un momento de enajenación mató a su amo sin saber muy bien lo que estaba haciendo, y finalmente un bandido profesional que lleva toda una vida de crímenes sin arrepentirse nunca de ninguno. Lo que es magnífico de esta obra es la capacidad de Andreiev de introduci ...more
Tom Lichtenberg
"It was terrible for them to utter even a word, as though each word in the language had lost its individual meaning and meant but one thing—Death"

Leonid N Andreyev, The Seven Who Were Hanged

A very interesting short novel by a contemporary of Tolstoy (free from Project Gutenberg) about a collection of terrorists and criminals who were hanged in a group together. Andreyev is an impressionist writer, using color and sound effectively to vividly bring personalities and events to mind. This is the ki
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David Dooling
great book

Great book about mortality by a great Russian author: Leonids andreyev . Will read the rest of his books later
Paul Blakemore
I found this strangely stilted - like a series of abstracted essays on death rather than a coherent novel. The way the novel lurches from character to character made it hard to identify with any of them - especially as they all had the disconcerting habit of vacillating massively between utter despair to inexplicable ecstasy and back in the space of a few pages. In terms of getting under the skin of what it must feel like to face your own execution, I'd say skip this and read Tichborne's Elegy i ...more
Javier de la Peña Ontanaya
Una edición con multitud de errores de ortografía, lo cual no es aceptable en una editorial. Me sorprendió gratamente el segundo relato, "Un pensamiento".
Randy Cauthen
This seems to me almost like a case study. Andreyev is more than occasionally smarmy, impressed with himself, or ironic for the sake of irony. But he also has occasionally profound psychological and spiritual insight -- seemingly much more realistic than Dostoyevsky's -- and he's great at noting psychologically-telling physical detail (most of the time; sometimes he overdoes it).
Sarah Key
". . . lamps flared up -there were not enough of them to give light, but there were enough to cast shadows."

"It is that which is important-that they are thousands. When thousands kill one, it means that the one has conquered."

"Somewhere people were walking. Somewhere people were whispering. And they were already harnessing the horses to the black carriages without lanterns."
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Leonid Nikolayevich Andreyev (Russian: Леонид Николаевич Андреев; 1871-1919) was a Russian playwright and short-story writer who led the Expressionist movement in the national literature. He was active between the revolution of 1905 and the Communist revolution which finally overthrew the Tsarist government. His first story published was About a Poor Student, a narrative based upon his own experie ...more
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