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1907. Maxim Gorky, pseudonym of Alexei Maksimovich Peshkov, Soviet novelist, playwright and essayist, who was a founder of social realism. Although known principally as a writer, he was closely associated with the tumultuous revolutionary period of his own country. The Mother, one of his best-known works, is the story of the radicalization of an uneducated woman that was ...more
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Published August 31st 2006 by Echo Library (first published 1906)
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Luís C.
Some time ago this book was in my library. I was very pleased to read it expecting him to be in the same lineage as the Tolstoys and other Dostoevsky. However, I did not inquire more than that about its author. Before embarking on hasty and risky comparisons, let's say a few words of history.

In a working-class village in Russia in the early twentieth century, life is hard and regulated by the factory, it "engulfed the day, the machines sucked into the muscles of men all the forces it needed. The
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K.D. Absolutely
Mar 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2012)
Maxim Gorky (1868-1946) was a Russian and Soviet writer and a political activist. If magical realism is to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, socialist realism is to Maxim Gorky. His surname means "bitter" because he grew up as an orphan and began writing the bitter truth about the Tsarist regime that he was displeased with. At the time of this book's writing he was already highly associate with Lenin and Bogdanov's Bolshevik's wing of the party. This book was first released in 1907 two weeks after the ...more
Hossein Davani
Jul 06, 2007 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: best world mother
This book was forbid in Iran till 1976.I and my cousin boy was named Ebrahim buy this book from somebady and read that speedly and passed book to our friend with fear.All younger support revolutioner in 1960 age read this book and learn to join social revolution against unjustic
Bettie
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Maggi
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book.....It tells the story of a mother who takes after her son to socialism and works for it.She is kind and affectionate to her son and all his comrades. The story describes how the mother is transformed from a woman who afraid of her husband's beatings tries to make herself inconspicuous to a brave woman who trudges country roads and courts arrests to work for the cause. It her wish to be of use to her son which prompts her. She has seen her son mature into a leader, thoughtful, ...more
Vignesh
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mother.

Though this book is a communist propaganda, one cannot simply sideline this book naming so. It was slow and boring at times but the reality brought out by Maxim gorky was outstanding. The art of realism was at its best. The character development of 'The Mother' was just awe. The way Gorky have portray the struggle of the working class from the perspective of a mother, was just awesome.

Recommend for people who love realistic literature, who starve to learn how the world functions.
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Hoda Marmar
So much to say about this amazing novel! It was a great choice for our book club's theme, book from Russia. Gorky is a genius and I would love to read his other works.
Hajir Almahdi
4.5 stars *contians spoilers*
Vladimir Lenin said “It is a book of the utmost importance; many workers, who have joined the revolutionary movement impulsively, without properly understanding why, will begin to comprehend after reading Mother”.
Maxim Gorky was a socialist novelist and a founder of social realism. Socialist realism is a style of realistic art that was developed in the Soviet Union. It glorifies the roles of the working class and the struggle for its emancipation. Gorky is a pen
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Capsguy
Dec 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian
I realise this was probably written for the average individual in mind, given the political nature of the novel (and the fact that Gorky was one of the main players behind the second Russian Revolution), but the simplicity of the prose did at times become tiresome for me in my reading of this.

Rather one-dimensional characters, with a lack of character development, but given the time and the place this was written, I'm willing to look through this as well.

Pretty much, documents the growing
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Tenink EndangMart
Jan 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Long time ago when i was in the junior high school, i found this book among my father's old books.
Old Indonesian translation, of course.
Never forget its smell.. Old book's smell, some pages were tore out.

Mother...
a story about a woman we call her "Mother".
Her weakness is her strength.
Her strength is on her tears.
She fights for her son, to find him then get him free from prison with her own ways.
When people think she is no one then she is someone.
When Mother fights for her child, it will turn
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Parvathi
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
it's one of the best books i've ever read... also one of the most memorable. everyone should read it atleast once. the realistic presentation, firm characters, the background of russian revolution... the book is simply amazing
Sirisha Tadepalli
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Set in the backdrop of pre-Russian Revolution period, Mother is the story of Pelagueya Nilovna, mother of a young Socialist leader Pavel Vlasov. It is the story of transformation of a woman from being the spouse of a wife beating drunkard factory worker to walking in the path of liberation and freedom with her Socialist Son.

Pelagueya notices that her son isnt like the rest of the drunken unhappy factory workers. Pavel and his friends (comrades) print leaflets on miserable working conditions and
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David
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mothers of revolutionaries, Russian soapboxers, useful idiots
Good godless commies, this book was a slog.

Maxim Gorky was one of the USSR's favorite sons — there's a park named after him and everything.

Gorky Park

The Mother tells the story of Pelagueya Nilovna, mother of Pavel Vlasov. Nilovna, or "the Mother" as she is called throughout the novel, is married to a big wife-beating ogre of a man who works for the factory in some village. He dies, leaving the Mother alone with her teenage son, who turns out to be cut from very different cloth than his father. Pavel is a
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B. Faye
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Richa
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book! It tells you a story of a meek, submissive, afraid woman, who gradually finds her identity and her truth, through her love for her son. The mother of a revolutionary becomes a revolutionary. The son is the ideal protagonist an author could sketch, but its simply delightful that Gorki puts the charismatic son on a back burner, and puts the dull, aged, tired mother in the spot light!
This book has two main threads - self discovery and understanding truth; and socialism or the
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Shweta Dhyani
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I stumbled upon Mother in my summer vacations when i was in class 6th. Too young to understand the deep meanings behind the words, i was hooked just to pass my summer holidays. but as i went through the pages, i was able to see that this book is one true tribute to a journey of a woman, a mother. a woman who after taking all the suffering silently looks towards her son for a better life. who is not able to understand why her only son has to join the revolution. who cries with pain, fear of ...more
Aaron Cance
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A moving story about the mother of a working class hero, who is drawn into her son's fight for dignity and fair wages at a plant operated by an oppressive and elite managerial regime. Wonderfully written and engaging (as was Gorky's autobiographical writing - though I've only read the first of his three autobiographical works, My Childhood), this book is probably more socially relevant than it has been for a while, as we move into an epoch where individuals who try to stand up for themselves are ...more
Neil Crossan
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Workers
Recommended to Neil by: The Nation
It really is amazing just how shitty life was for most workers 100 years ago. Thank God we have moved forward as a society … what’s that? 34 striking miners in South Africa were killed by police and most were shot in the back? Awesome. Better let the NFL Referees know so they can end their strike. What’s that? They weren’t striking? They weren’t even intending to strike? They were just locked out by the owners because the owners thought they could get others to do it cheaper?

As American workers
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John
Mar 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Mothers are hardly ever pitied." And the eponymous character of Gorky's novel is not intended to be a figure of pity, but one of revolutionary inspiration.

I'm not sure I'd consider this a "great" novel, but it is a source of inspiration to read it a hundred years after its first publication. The embattled revolutionaries in its pages are sustained by an almost superhuman optimism in the face not only of exile and prison, but above all of the backwardness and inertia of the very people they
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Fazle Rabbi Riyad
Mar 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am personally feeling sad for giving this book only one star! That is why sometimes I don't like to read the translated books over the originals. All I can say I didn't enjoy the book translated by 'Pushpamoyi Basu' and I'll recommend everyone not to read the bengali version of this book.
Yana
Apr 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
M.Gorky's book is the story of a movement in Russia during the second half of the 19th century to the begining of the 20th century.The story of the common people against autocratic czar and the capitalists.It is about a family's life surviving in a time like this and fighting for revolution.This novel tells the story of a mother supporting her son fight for the rights of the people.
I thought this book was really good and I would'n have read it if my mother hadn't recommended it to me. It took
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Krity Shrestha
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Honestly, I wasnt convinced at first; with so many reviews and wonderful comments, I felt the book wasnt upto the mark, but then slowly as the book went on I grew with the protagonist Nilovna, how her simple surviving nature embraced change, how her love for her son grew into love for fellow comrades and towards the entire revolution and how her soul burnt brightly at the end, lighting hundreds with her fire! Simple and impactful!
Baykal
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: literature
Unless you are a sentimental softy or someone with socialist sympathies (or both), this book is not for you. The plot is dull and lacking twists of any sorts, the characters (aside from the main character- the mother) are not interesting. The narrative offers several long and naive harangues by side characters and this is particularly annoying for readers with some historical and literature background.
Jonathan Widell
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great, great work. Straightforward, focused, and dynamic. The author has a keen psychological eye that is able to capture someone's soul with surgical precision. No flashbacks. Just a constant unrelenting movement forward.

The mother is like the Virgin Mary. She is the mother of not only his son and his friends but also of the cause they are all willing to live and die for, namely the cause of the working class. She is aloof and self-deprecating in the beginning, able to sense the passion of
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Rajashree
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heard about this book from my mother and once i laid my hands on it, it was just unputdownable.
Kanwarpal Singh
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Showing the sense of existentialism that is to make aware the workers in the industrial area working and getting exploited by owner mother presented the best part and face many hardships for his son and try to prove that his son is innocent she became soul of the novel towards the end.

A son whose father is dead and mother ask him to work so she can have a peaceful life, boy stop tolling around and work became first priority and slowly revolutionary become part of his circle, and he works and
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Aswin Ramachandran
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
even after finishing this book, I'm still in awe of the characters and the book. since this was my 3rd Gorky novel, I knew what was in store for us. but it amazes me how the magic of gorky's thoughts spellbinds us even after 100 years. pavel, Andrei, nilovna, nikolai, ludmilla, rybin and all the characters would live long in our hearts.
Janith Pathirage
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh.. these Russian authors and their books !!. I've read a great variety of books from almost every country in the world but never came across anything like these Russian classics. This's a heart warming story of a courageous mother and her effort to help her rebel son. A great description of the Russian working class of those days. This's unarguably, Gorky's best book
Kyc
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Propagandistic novel. Mother remains a very rough-hewn book, calculated to touch the raw nerves of imperialists when it was released, recounting the adventures of idealistic Russian revolutionaries leading up to the 1905 revolt. Not sure how much Gorky's fiction has to offer to today's capitalist bourgeoisie like myself though.
Shams Alizada
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dear Mother,

You are a true combination of mother, human, leader and person who seeks truth.
Your spirit shines and delivers sparkles of truth. It lights many hearts and opens minds.
People always need reasons and you are giving it to them successfully.
Thank you.
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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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“إن الكنائس في المدن الكبيرة مليئة بالفضة والذهب اللذين لا حاجة لله بهما ، في حين يرتجف على ابواب الكنائس عدد لا يحصى من الفقراء ينتظرون بفارغ الصبر هبات نحيلة تُلقى في أيديهم المفتوحة.” 42 likes
“This fear is what is the ruin of us all. And some dominate us; they take advantage of our fear and frighten us still more. Mark this: as long as people are afraid, they will rot like the birches in the marsh. We must grow bold; it is time!” 35 likes
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