Ilya Ehrenburg – The Storm I have finally finished The Storm, a very good book that took me an unusually long time to get through. This is a very well-written socialist realist novel, indeed at times it is hard to believe this book ever had a place in the Stalinist cannon. A good book. This […]Read more "The Storm"
Collected Gorky, Incomplete, Progress Publishers This collection, published from 1978 to 1982, is essentially a redesigned version of the Foreign Language Publishing House edition. Expertly redesigned, I think, by Igor Kravtsov. This series consists of: Selected Stories Foma Gordeyev Mother Plays The Life of Matvei Kozhemyakin Tales of Italy. Childhood My Apprenticeship. My Universities The […]Read more "Collected Gorky 2"
Collected Gorky, Foreign Language Publishing House Alexei Maximovich Peshkov, 1868 – 1936, known to the world as Maxim Gorky, was proclaimed by the Stalinist literary establishment as the father of Socialist Realism. Fittingly they made a posh set of his collected works. Here‘s his biography on SovLit.com. These are nice books, designed in a very serious, […]Read more "Collected Gorky 1"
F. Dostoyevsky – Notes from a Dead House I have been away from this blog for a long time, and I apologize. I have more time for it now, and plan to post more. Some of the nicest-looking books in my collection are Russian ‘classics’ translated and published in high quality editions for export. Like […]Read more "Notes from a Dead House"
V. V. Mayakovsky – Collected Works Three volume collection of the the great Soviet poet. A very nice edition from 1987, a time when the Soviet presses weren’t making very high quality books. I had volumes 2 and 3 for years and recently came across number 1. Very exciting. The dust jackets feature his famous […]Read more "Mayakovsky – Collected Works"
Tikhon Syomushkin – Alitet goes to the Hills A long gap between posts, I have been unpacking my library and can now do this with the books in front of me, which is a much nicer process. This is a lovely novel translated for the Foreign Language Publishing House. A ‘Siberian’ novel about the indigenous […]Read more "Alitet goes to the Hills"
Heart and Soul – E. Maltsev I’m reading this book right now, about half way through. It’s a bout a Siberian couple separated by the Great Patriotic War. He’s a bit of a self-centered doofus, and she’s a motivated labour brigade leader. By the end I’m sure she’ll have converted him to a more progressive, […]Read more "Heart and Soul"
White Birch Tree – M. Bubennov Another novel, classic Socialist Realism. Set during the Great Patriotic War, focusing on a young soldier and his partisan wife. This book deals carefully with the retreat at the beginning of the Nazi invasion, and later focuses in the necessity of patriotic anger as a motivating force in the […]Read more "White Birch Tree"