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Time, Forward!

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Valentine Kataev's Time, Forward! is a classic of Soviet Realism. Written in 1932, the novel captures the enthusiasm and the optimism of the First Five-Year Plan in its portrayal of the construction of Magnitogorsk, an enormous metallurgical plant considered one of the finest industrial achievements of the period. Time, Forward! embodies the beliefs of the era--that the co ...more
Paperback, 345 pages
Published November 22nd 1995 by Northwestern University Press (first published December 1st 1976)
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Matthew Laing
Jan 21, 2016 Matthew Laing rated it it was amazing
Socialist realism is not for everyone, and it bears remembering the time and place this book was written, and the audience it was intended for. Obviously, the narrative concludes in a somewhat forced way with the triumph of the Soviet spirit and the defeat of non-believers.

But as a writer, I think Kataev is masterful at creating a sense of tempo that infuses the entire book and mirrors closely the dramatic temporal tensions of the plot. It's also an incredible window into the thinking and philo
May 02, 2014 Sarah rated it did not like it
An entire chapter of this book is devoted to nothing but the technique of how to pour concrete, complete with charts and graphs. Socialist realism in full swing. I appreciated how straightforward this book was, but I didn't enjoy it. This isn't something I would have chosen to read if I didn't have to read it for class and I don't think I'll ever read it again.
Oct 25, 2015 Matt rated it it was ok
I recognize that this novel has great literary merit for the Soviet Union and that it is written with a unique style. That being said, for the life of me, I could not get through it. If I had more time and patience then maybe I could have.
Sep 13, 2012 Riley rated it liked it
I've never heard anything good about Soviet Realism, so I didn't expect much from this book. But despite some of the heavy-handedness, I enjoyed the tempo of the writing a lot.
Apr 21, 2008 Kai is currently reading it
"The first chapter is omitted for the time being." What a great way to start the novel!
Feb 23, 2011 Mike rated it liked it
borrows techniques of soviet realist montage pretty effectively & provides a vivid look at the hustle and bustle of the First Five-year plan
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Valentin Petrovich Kataev (Russian: Валентин Петрович Катаев; also spelled Katayev or Kataiev) was a Russian and Soviet novelist and playwright who managed to create penetrating works discussing post-revolutionary social conditions without running afoul of the demands of official Soviet style. Kataev is credited with suggesting the idea for the Twelve Chairs to his brother Yevgeni Petrov and Ilya ...more
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