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The Artamonovs

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Of all Gorky's novels, The Artomonovs is the most impressive and dramatic. In this book Gorky displays at their best the power of creating character and the gift for managing scenes of energetic action which won world-wide admiration for his early stories. His distinctive blend of humor and tragedy, violence and pity, exuberance and introspection, is here put at the servic ...more
Paperback, 588 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by University Press of the Pacific (first published 1924)
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Bam
Gorky's book, originally published as The Artamonov Business, is about the decline (decadence) of the Russian middle class between the years 1863 and 1918--or in other words, between the serf's emancipation and the Bolshevik revolution. It is a character study depicting the Artamonov family over three generations, as their family business at first thrives and then declines as the family itself declines and the social revolution gains impetus.

Peter, the eldest son observes, "The business is grow
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Tony
THE ARTAMONOV BUSINESS. (1925; this ed. 1955). Maxim Gorky. ***.
Frankly, I hadn’t heard of this novel by Gorky before I found this edition in an early Folio Society edition from 1955 in a translation by Alec Brown with woodcuts by Peter Pendrey. I’ve read a couple of other things by Gorky (1868-1936), but, in general, he tends to be too didactic for my taste. This novel, which carried forward his reputation for social realism, displayed what he felt was the failure of the freeing of the serfs b
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Nicholas Beck
Gorky's attempt to write a family saga spanning approximately 50 years from the emancipation of the serfs and the resulting rise of middle class capitalism which leads to the Communist revolution. The Artamonovs slowly lose interest in retaining control of their clothing factory with the advent of the 3rd generation. Gorky's theorises that capitalist ambition and energy become diluted in a family enterprise by the time the grandchildren come of age to take the reins. Loosely based on his reading ...more
Deanne
The Artamonovs are a difficult family to like, dysfunctional in many ways they don't seem to like each other. The Artamonov Business or Decadence as this version is called follows the family across three generations. The majority of the central characters are male with the women appearing as only minor characters.
Pip
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this family saga set in Russia from the time of the Emancipation of the serfs until the Bolshevik Revolution. It was a tumultuous time in Russia's history but Gorky set his story in a village far from the centres of revolt and concentrated on how the societal upheavals affected a small community. The Artamatov family's business was to weave flax into linen. The first in line was a freed serf who had the confidence to start a factory from scratch and persuade the locals to grow flax for ...more
Kristel
A story of Russia told through the family saga of the Artamonov covers the time period of Russia industrial revolution to it's conclusion in the Bolshevik Revolution. The Artamonov are the new class of Russian merchants born out of the end of the serfdom declared by Tsar Alexander. Artamonov comes to the sleepy village of Dromov to build a Linen Factory. Ilia Artamonov barges into the town, interrupting life as it was formerly lived by the citizens. The story takes us through to the third genera ...more
Trounin
Nov 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Большая книга требует приложения больших усилий для её написания, если автор не является графоманом. Горького не обвинишь в желании писать ради необходимости ежедневно создавать определённое количество печатных знаков. Ему потребовалось два десятка лет, чтобы создать новое крупное произведение. Но о чём оно должно было быть? Писать о новой жизни не так легко, ибо непонятно, к чему она вела советское государство. А вот вспомнить о прошлом было легко, особенно в связи с наконец-то победившей револ ...more
Charisma
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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At the beginning I really liked it, but after the father was gone, everything seemed to have "fallen to pieces." It became more tedious to me, the story revolved mostly around the oldest son, and I was hoping to hear more about the rest of the family. Overall, not a bad book, and I would like to read more of Gorky.
Book Wormy
An interesting family saga set in Russian which follows 3 generations of the same family as they make and lose their fortune in the changing political landscape.

I enjoyed this story despite not liking any of the characters which is a rare thing for me.
Kåre
Velskrevet på den lidt svære måde. Der er en del personer, og det har jeg ofte svært ved at holde rede på, således også her.

Der er også en del, som sandsynligvis er lidt indforstået. Men den slags elsker jeg, når det er godt, for ofte ligger netop mange af forfatterens og tidens fordomme gemt lige her, hvilket jeg som antropolog er ret interesseret i. Kønsrollerne er således interessant beskrevet, ligesom der er udfald mod jøder, ligeledes interessant.

Ideen til romanen er fantastisk. Som jeg f
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James
A family saga, Gorky's novel chronicles the fortunes of several generations of families between the liberation of the serfs and the cataclysm of the Great War and the subsequent Bolshevik revolution. The beginnings and growth of a bourgeois class is told by a short-sighted artist whose provides the following description of workers:
"Everyone lives for work, but whether men live for anything beyond their work we can't see." That this short-sightedness would contribute to the success of the Bolshev
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Sidhartha
I would give it 3.5 if I could.
The book is about the birth and the malady of the Russian bourgeoisie in the beginning of the 20-th century on the example of one family. This might actually sound distant and irrelevant but the story is written in an engaging style. Classical realism. And besides, you can find a lot of similarities between the personal and social problems and themes of the era and our modern times.
Maryam_M
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خیلی قدیم خوندمش در واقع جزء اولین کتابایی بود که خوندم
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Aleksey Maximovich Peshkov (Russian: Алексей Максимович Пешков, better known as Maxim Gorky, Russian: Максим Горький), was a Soviet author, a founder of the socialist realism literary method and a political activist.He was also a five-time nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

From 1906 to 1913 and from 1921 to 1929 he lived abroad, mostly in Capri, Italy; after his return to the Soviet Union
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