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Hardcover, 629 pages
Published 1954 by New York, W. W. Norton & Company
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James Burns
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Fall of a Titan, is a novel about the injustices and the brutality of Stalinist Russia. The titan is a world renown author, Mikhail Gorin mirroring the life of Maxim Gorki, "a humanist whose writings inspired the revolution as an anti-Tsarists." (Quote from in side cover). He attacked and opposed the Bolshevik seizure of power during the 1917 Revolution and was censored by Lenin, which eventually led to his exile to Fascist Italy, until he was asked to return to Russia by Stalin. To the sus ...more
Meg
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
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I found this book under a pile of free textbooks at school. I was quite pleased with it's story and pacing. The characters were well drawn out and the author brought vivid descriptions and storytelling to the book. I felt that the main character was well rounded and both loved the character and hated him at the same time. Although there are quite a few characters in the book they all have a part in the story-line and they all contribute in some way to building the story around the main character ...more
Richard Crawford
Communism ended in Russia in the 1920s, with the seizure of power by nationalists under Stalin. The Fall of the Titan is a fictionalized account of the return of Gorky, a revolutionary hero, to the Soviet Union, and his destruction by the government. His death is ultimately at the hands of a young Russian who blames him for supporting the revolution and allowing the Stalinists in.

I read it in one night in Germany as a teenager and it left me feeling depressed. In a way, it is an attempt by Gouz
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Joe O'Neal
The Bolshevik seizure of power from and to is mystifying and bereft of common historical ground, but the run and the whip are fierce in the bull-bear. We are here to seize the property...already a dark start to the so called common era for good. Bread is at last saved however, in the nephew-lilt of The Idiot, which saves the Fall for 2/3 in.
Safeen Arif
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
It is a novel that is interesting in many respects: the details, incidents, characters, and above all the subject which is handled quite skillfully by the writer.
Paige Bentz
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
really liked this story, very involved, well developed characters. Was a book I inherited from my mothers collection.
Cj
Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This Is a novel not historical, but this book has opened my eyes & made me see the danger of socialism, and how really close communism is once you get so far. Scary, really.
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