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How the Steel Was Tempered

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В настоящую книгу вошел роман советского писателя Н.Островского "Как закалялась сталь", где в яркой художественной форме раскрывается образ молодого борца революции Павла Корчагина.
376 pages
Published September 1973 by Central Books Ltd (first published January 1st 1934)
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Mariel Duarte
i read this book years ago and i wasn't able to understand it because of my age, but now is really one of my favorites, i could believe the emotions of the character as if they were real and not something someone made up, even thought i´m not entirely sure if i like the character of pavel korchaguin due to the narrow minded in wich he is portraited and the fact that he has no toleration to other way of thinking that is not his own, and his true is the only true, but you can blame it to the hist ...more
Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
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বইটা সম্পর্কে সবচেয়ে প্রচলিত প্রশংসা হল এটা মঙ্গলগ্রহে নিয়ে যাবার জন্য সবচেয়ে বেশী ভোট পাওয়া বই। তবে আমি খুব ভাল করেই জানি যে এই বই আমি মঙ্গল গ্রহে নিচ্ছি না। একবছর ধরে আসলে বইটা পড়তে থাকলেও এবার শুরু থেকে পাঁচ দিনে পড়লাম। এর জন্য নিজেকে রং চা, দুধ-চা, কফি চা, গরম কফি, কোল্ড কফি, ব্ল্যাক কফি সহ নানা ধরণের ঘুষ প্রদান করতে হয়েছে। আর নিজেকে ঘুষ প্রদানের সুব্যবস্থা খুব সম্ভবত মঙ্গল গ্রহে থাকবে না। জানি না দোষটা কার, লেখকের না অনুবাদকের
I read this book long ago. I was maybe ten years old. (30 y ago..?)wow!!!
it was my dad who started reading it. he read a few pages aloud to me and my sisters. we were so "enamored" of Pavel and his adventures alot.
when Dad was at work, we read a few pages ... and then after a few days I red it by myself alone! I could not leave it from me, this amazing book. a year later I saw the movie at a cinema in Tehran.I have strong memories of the book. it is well writen.Yes it does propaganda but it sh
Antara Ghosh
This is one of those books, that shaped my childhood dreams.
Nikolai Ostrovsky is definitely my all time hero ...
Islam Khalid
أول رواية أقرأها في الأدب الروسي، حبيت في الرواية الربط بين الحياة الشخصية للبطل "بافل" والحياة السياسية العامه "الحرب والحزب والثورة" والتداخلات بينهم وتأثيرهم علي بعضهم، بها بعض الانتقالات السريعه الغير محكمه "في بعض الأحيان" لكني بشكل عام استمتعت بها.
وأخيرا أعتقد أن من يريد ان يتعرف أكثر علي تاريخ كفاح روسيا الشيوعية سيستفيد من قراءة هذه الرواية.
Harry Saini
It is not your classic page turner, but for me, it was simply the passion of Pavel Korchagin (the protagonist) that drove me through this book. Read the latter 200 pages in one sitting. You may want to feel a little sorry for Pavel by the end but his enthusiasm makes you realize that feeling sorry would be an insult to him.
Shahid Akhtar
This is a book by a person who"burnt the candle of his life from both ends." One of the greatest biography written in a novel form. I read this book in English, Hindi and Marathi.
Yiming li
Say to the steel is you this book, it is not strange for everybody! The book speaks a strong and brave hero, Paul till golden.
Read the steel is you this book, I realized that a person's life is for his perseverance has a great influence on. He said the book, Paul was the hero's gold, his life is tough, but by what he himself to survive? Is perseverance. Perseverance gave his boundless strength, god has made him a three times since the understanding of life. ZhuHe sailors came, he was attracted b
Ostrovski'nin otobiyografik özellik taşıyan bu romanı Pavel Korçagin adında Ukraynalı bir gencin devrim sürecine dahil oluşu üzerinden inancın ve başarmanın hikayesini anlatıyor.

Yalın anlatımı sebebi ile çok eleştirilen bir kitap bu, ama aksine benim en hoşuma giden yönlerinden biriydi. 20. yüzyılın yazın anlayışını taşıması benim için bir eksi değil çok büyük bir artı açıkçası. Mikro anlamda devrim sürecinin en küçük kasabalarda nasıl yaşandığını, sıradan insanları nasıl etkilediğini, kaosun i
think of inspiration and this is one of few books that come to my mind.
a very good description of building of socialist russia and the spirit behind it. but moreover this also entails a great autobiographical adventurous journey of the author. it has so many incidents that we could only wish for, right from the childhood to the youth of the author. more importantly it is a story of endless energy, strength, and spirit to achieve something dear to ones heart. it is story which teaches you how th
Mohannad Haj
لغة المناضلين قد لا تكون بليغة جدا أو جمالية، شعرية ومنمقة، لكنها تتمتع بالإخلاص والصدق الجارف والمتعصب لما يؤمنون به، لغة تشبههم، ليس فيها معان مستورة فكل شيء أبلج بسيط واضح فاضح غير مسموح فيه بالشك لأنه عكس الإيمان، وما المناضل إلا مؤمن شديد الإيمان؟!، وهي لغى قاسية لا تتساهل مع الضعف الإنساني الذي يعوق القضية أو حتى تتجاهله ولكنها كالضمير تطارده وتنغص عليه عيشه بشمس الحقيقة وتفسد عليه مخابئه الرطبة الكالحة.. كل ذلك في الرواية الواقعية هذه عن بافل كورتشاغين
muhammad lafi
هل هي حكاية أستروفسكي بطريقة ما؟
أم انها حكاية الفطرة الثورية التي تتعربش الروح الفقيرة والمسحوقة في أنظمة القمع..
حكاية الفتى بافل والثورة البلشفية، لكنها ايضا الاعجاز الذي خطته روح شاب اعمى ومقعد يائس الى الحد الذي كان فيه مسدسه وسادته
قصة أخرى من قصص الثورة لكن على الهرم،ليس لنها تحكي روسيا بل تحكي كل انسان يرفض مشاهدة الشمس من شبابيك السلطة
I'm not sure that Ostrovsky's semi-autobiographical novel of a young man growing up in Ukraine through the Russian Revolution, and subsequent civil war between the Whites and Red Army, has aged well. As a child my mother read this to me and my brother and I remembered it as more of a ripping yarn than it actually is.

The first part tells the story of our hero, young Pavel's town through the occupation by first the Germans, then the Bolsheviks, the White army of Ukrainians and Poles, then the Bols
Andrei Mocanu
A typical bildungsroman. Expected much more from it, since it's considered to be one of the 20th century classics of Russian literature. Boring for the most part, with a dozen too many irrelevant characters that are introduced to the reader throughout the book. Had to force myself to finish it.
Omar Mohamed Raafat
كنت مفكر ان الرواية عن الكفاح المسلح ايام الثورة البلشفية
بس للاسف الموضوع ده بدأ فى اواخر الرواية
و على امل انى اجده بوفرة فى الجزء التانى
بس النضال حلو .. حلو مفيش كلام
( و يذكرك بــمقولة ( عجبت لجلد الفاجر
و احلى حاجة فعلا انها قصة معظمها حقيقي
كتاب جالبي كه در دوران نوجواني خواندم
بسيار جالب و آموزنده
اصولن نويسنده هاي روس با توجه به فضاي پر فشار و اختناق اون موقع ها چيز هاي باشكوهي نوشتن
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Sep 29, 2010 Corinne marked it as to-read
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Definitely want to read this book, but my libraries don't have it and its a bit expensive and hard to obtain!
Musa Osman
one of the novels you've to read it more than once
Fadwa Qamhia
I just finished reading the first part of the book, it filled me with the spirit of revolution. Pavel is no strange person to me, I know and hear of heroes that resist and fight for their cause since I was a child and until now. The collaborative work, the mutual eager for freedom, the fight for your cause are present both in the book and in my life. I know I would have been great friends with Nickolai Ostrovsky, because revolutionaries are the same no matter where or when.
Ima Charu
An autobiography of Nikolai Ostrovsky, which portray how the Bolshevik revolution became a need of the society. The author became more of a storyteller and sketched the political,social and economic scenario in Russia. One of the most evident novels which imply Bolshevik revolution was a part of people's life back then. The emotional involvement of the author with his struggle overpower the story. But once someone starts reading it,it's hard to put off.
Alex Misbach
I know this is a classic of soviet realism, but it is not so very great a novel. The hero Pavel Korchagin is about as bland as they come and despite the author's efforts to ennoble him, he comes across as a stereotypical bolshevik upstart with no defining features. As for its 'inspirational' quality, if you find someone stubbornly suggesting they work all the time when they are clearly unfit inspirational, then this novel may be a goldmine of motivation for you. So, it is not painful to read and ...more
Amera Asleh
هذا الكتاب ينقلك بشكل تام الى اوكرانيا عام 1918 و من ثم الى الحب اليافع وسط الحرب و التفاني و الامومة وأهم ما ينقلك اليه هو حتمية الموت.
شيء واحد لم يعجبني فيه و هو كيف قتل الماتب العظيم "نيقولاي أوستروفسكي" الشخصية سيرغي بروزجاك بكل برودة, حيث كان من الواضح جدًا ان موت سيرغي لم يكن يهمه و لم يأخذ أي حيز من تفكيره و لم يركز على أبعاده أبدًا على القارئ. حيث أجهشت بالبكاء حينما قرأت تلك الكلمات الباردة. بينما باقي الكتاب انجاز و ضرب من العبقرية الحربية الحقيقية و ما كنت لأصدق أن هذا نسج من الخيال (
I am very disappointed by this book and believe that it became so famous because of its Soviet propaganda. It may be somewhat interesting from historical point of view, but if you want to read about revolution in Russia, there are definitely better historical and fiction books on the topic. "How the Steel Was Tempered" doesn't have much value as a work of art, so I would recommend to save your time and read something else.
Yet another merde of propaganda, making heroes out of the idiots and idiots out of the readers.

No need to mention that this trite tale of heroic deeds of late blind cretin Pavka Korchagin can excite only a very simple proletarian mind that ready to dash for some vague idea, lusting to "expropriate expropriated" and enthrone mediocrity at the global level.
Tarun Rattan
Power of love, fatal attaction of women & resolution of men are so beautifully captured in this novel. One of the books that leaves its imprint all over you once you finish it. It teaches you about life, love, passion, loyalty & determination.
Очень интересно понять, как проходила революция, как на такой огромной территории без интернета, телевидения, телефона устанавливалась совершенно новая власть и строилось новое общество. Интересно читать еще, потому что повесть автобиографична (особенно об этом думаешь в конце, где болезнь ставит перед героем вопрос - покончить с жизнью или бороться до конца.)
Но - пропаганда и соц.реализм. Понимаю, они боролись за правое дело (в начале). И все же как-то жутковато от этого. "Товарищ, товарищ, тов
Es uno de Mis libros favoritos. Lo leo de adolescentes y me marcó. Me genero tanta curiosidad por conocer cosas distintas tan diversas y complicadas de la realidad de otros.
I Read the spanish translation. The story is sort of trite and the characters dull but an interesting depiction of life at the beginning of the russian revolution.
Aruna Athukorala
The land of the workers and peasants loves its Red Army. It is
proud of it. And on that Army’s banners there shall not be a single
The Introduction to the Portuguese Version i own, released by the Communist Party still during the Carnation Revolution, has an introduction made by Ostrovsky himself, that has to be one of the most beautiful things i have ever read. A man who lost all his capacities, but the ability to speak and hear, and still managed to maintain a strength that few people managed to have. If only he had what all we have he would conquer the world, what right have we to complain about our little problems, we h ...more
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Nikolai Alexeevich Ostrovsky (Russian: Николай Алексеевич Островский) was a Soviet socialist realist writer, who published his works during the Stalin era. He is best known for his renowned novel How the Steel Was Tempered on the Russian Civil War.
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