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The Lower Depths and Other Plays

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In addition to the celebrated Lower Depths, this volume contains a biographical sketch of Gorky by Alexander Bakshy and two of his less well-known plays, Enemies and The Zykovs.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 10th 1959 by Yale University Press
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Eric
Mar 12, 2011 rated it liked it
A story of social realism (The Lower Depths) and an interesting array of down and out characters who ponder such questions as "What is the Truth?" and "But I must have been born for some reason?". Resolutions are difficult to come by for the characters - they range from "Lying's the religion of slaves and masters; Truth's the good of the free man." to "It's good to feel yourself a man." to the plaintive "The sun it rises and it sets." Classic depressive Russian literature.
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Jul 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, plays, russian-lit
I liked Enemeis and The Zykovs (particularly this one) more than the Lower Depths, which I thought a bit flat. Not that any of these plays were remarkable, good though.
Karen Loder
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Enemies" was probably my favorite play out of the three presented in this volume. Gorky creates some really amazing characters. I was particularly fascinated by his female characters like Sonya and Nadya and Tatyana. They were so strong and flippant. The way wives and marriage were handled in general is something to take note of. Wife beating seemed an inherent activity in marriage and I wonder if Gorky was speaking to the proletariat status of women in the nuclear family. Gorky has some great ...more
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Dec 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
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Lower depths is a wonderful play! If you read this play be sure to watch the Akira Kurosawa film of the same title.
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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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