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Creatures That Once Were Men
by Maksim Gorky, Trans. By J. M. Shirazi, Contrib. By G. K. Chesterton
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1918. Introduction by G.K. Chesterton. 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. Contents: Creatures That Once Were Men; Twenty-six Men and a Girl; Chelkash; My Fellow-Traveller; and On a Raft. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
It is certainly a curious fact that so many of the voices of what is called our modern religion have come from countries which are not only simple, but may even be called barbaric. A nation like Norway has a great realistic drama without having ever had either a great classical drama or a great romantic drama. A nation like Russia makes us feel its modern fiction when we have never felt its ancient fiction.
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