Five plays

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Methuen Paperback, Jul 14, 1988 - Drama - 526 pages

Maxim Gorky (1868-1936) was hailed by Anton Chekhov as the voice of his time. These five plays offer a panoramic view of pre-revolutionary Russian life and are here given accurate playable translations by Jeremy Brooks and Kitty Hunter-Blair.

The Lower Depths: "It is a raw and indignant play, intermittently preachifying, bursting with talent, full of that combination of brutality and sentimentality which characterizes so much of Gorky's work."—Sunday Times

Summerfolk: "That volatility of mood that is the keynote of Russian drama ... the emotional fullness demanded by this rich, yeasty, madly neglected play."—Guardian

Children of the Sun: "These half-seeing, self-absorbed, troubled people are sharing a picnic on top of an anthill that runs ten miles deep and cannot explore anywhere but up ... 1917 must come."—New Statesman

Barbarians: "The effect is of richness, abundance, and unpredictability. The tone veers from the comic to the painful, the absurd to the ugly."—The Times

Enemies: "Gorky's play is a real discovery, the missing link between Chekhov and the Russian Revolution."—Observer

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Imprisoned for his revolutionary activities and championed by chekhov, Maxim Gorky (1868 - 1936) had his first plays produced by the Moscow Art Theater in 1902. Chekhov wrote, 'Gorky is the first in Russia and the world at largs to have expressed contempt and loathing for the petty bourgeoisie and he has done it at the precise moment when Russia is ready for protest'.

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