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Author: Maksim Gorky; Jenny Covan
Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, Inc., 2000.
Series: Dover thrift editions.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
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The first of Russia's great proletarian writers, Alexey Maximovich Peshkov (1868-1936) adopted the pen name of Gorky, meaning "bitter." Drawing on his own experiences in the lowest social echelon, Gorky portrayed the wretched lives of down-and-outers, instilling his tales with heartfelt protest against a world that both tolerated and fostered the miseries of the underclass. In The Lower Depths, his dramatic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Drama
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Gorky, Maksim, 1868-1936.
Lower depths.
Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, Inc., 2000
(DLC) 99054723
(OCoLC)42682764
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Maksim Gorky; Jenny Covan
ISBN: 9780486159256 0486159256
OCLC Number: 946007726
Description: 1 online resource.
Series Title: Dover thrift editions.
Other Titles: Na dne.
Responsibility: Maxim Gorky ; translated by Jennie Covan.
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The first of Russia's great proletarian writers, Alexey Maximovich Peshkov (1868-1936) adopted the pen name of Gorky, meaning "bitter." Drawing on his own experiences in the lowest social echelon, Gorky portrayed the wretched lives of down-and-outers, instilling his tales with heartfelt protest against a world that both tolerated and fostered the miseries of the underclass. In The Lower Depths, his dramatic masterpiece of 1902, Gorky presents a grimly realistic view of a desperate circle of lost souls. The play unfolds in a derelict boarding house, where a cast of despairing characters argue, play cards, tell stories, and debate the merits of two opposite worldviews: a self-reliant existence free of illusions, or a romanticized outlook that softens the pain of daily life. A revealing look at the atmosphere that led to the 1917 Russian Revolution, the drama abounds in shrewd observations, lifelike characters, and compelling dialog that make it a work of enduring vitality.

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