This Day. Year of Maxim Gorky

(April 8, 2018) – Recently, Russia solemnly celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Battle of Stalingrad. The year of the anniversary of this victory is declared the year of Solzhenitsyn. In a country where the Great Victory is celebrated, there should be no honour to a person, to the one who spat on this victory without shame. But now in power is the oligarchy, for which there is nothing sacred, except for its own profits and power. Therefore, another important anniversary fell under an unofficial ban, was in the information blockade.

2018 was to be the Year of Maxim Gorky. The great writer was born 150 years ago, in 1868, on March 28, according to the new style calendar. His books have now become less read in the school curriculum – he had to “move out the way” to allow Solzhenitsyn’s propaganda and similar “fighters for freedom” to be shoved into children’s brains. But we only know that history places everything in its place. It always happens, sooner or later. I will only recall why Maxim Gorky is worthy of the title of a great proletarian writer. Why it should be read.

Gorky wrote about the events that had engulfed his generation, and his contemporaries recognized him. He is one of the most significant and famous in the world of Russian writers and thinkers. Gorky was at the head of three major publishing houses and five times was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. He founded a new style in art, socialist realism. He founded the Union of Writers of the USSR. Gorky was the Soviet writer most published in the USSR. And among all Russian writers Gorky is second only to L.N. Tolstoy and A.S. Pushkin.

Gorky wrote about us, who we are and what we can be. For example, in 1902 he wrote the play “The Lower Depths”, in which he depicted the very bottom of society, the people of beggars, the homeless. In 1906 the novel “Mother” was published about people from the same lower classes who had already risen up to the revolutionary struggle. They rose in the name of their own dignity, in the name of life itself. They rose up because they were organized. And the last ten years of his life Maxim Gorky devoted a novel-epic “The Life of Klim Samgin.” Look at what he said about his plan:

“… that intelligentsia who lives abroad in emigration, slanders the Union of Soviets, organizes conspiracies and generally engages in baseness, this intelligentsia in the majority consists of the Samgins. They considered themselves to be a superclass group. This turned out to be wrong, because as soon as what happened happened, they immediately turned their backs on one class, their faces towards the other. What else to say? I wanted to depict in the person of Samgin such an intellectual of average value, who goes through a whole series of moods, looking for himself the most independent place in life, wherever it would be convenient and material and inward.”

Does not it make you think about today? Gorky needs to be re-read, I myself gave the floor to do it. There were already cases when fragments of his works helped to choose the right words, a key to man’s aspirations, and these are just excerpts!

In 1937, the entire Soviet country solemnly remembered A.S. Pushkin, because then 100 years had passed from the day of his death. Then Pushkin’s works acquired a second birth, and so far he is “our everything”. We are sure that the works of Maxim Gorky will also revive in the minds of the people, and the flame, sparked by its spark, will still ignite. Remember the words from his story:

“And suddenly he tore open his chest between his hands and pulled his heart out of it and raised it high above his head. It burned as brightly as the sun, and brighter than the sun, and the whole forest fell silent, lit by this torch of great love for people … “

We can be such torches as this heart. For this we need to gather people and implement our slogan – to work for the revolution. The words of Maxim Gorky in this are our assistant. Read the book – then pass it on!

Alexander Solzhenitsyn deserves only oblivion.

I. Kotran

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