Fiction & Literature

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Zadig or The Book of Fate

Voltaire

Zadig, a good-hearted, handsome young man from Babylonia, is in love with Sémire and they are to marry. Sémire, however, has another suitor: Orcan, who wants her for himself. Zadig tries to defend his love from Orcan's threat, but his e...

Tales of Two Countries

Maksim Gorky

A volume of brief tales addressing the later work of the Russian author, the product of his visit in Capri. It is intriguing to take note of how this difference in climate changed not simply his perspective, but rather even his abstract style.  ...

Three Man

Maksim Gorky

Three Man or Three of Them is a 1901 novel by Maksim Gorky. The plot concerns Ilya Lunyev, a boy from an urban slum, who enters the middle-class milieu only to be disillusioned to find the same moral corruption  

The Man Who Was Afraid

Maksim Gorky

Gorky started working on The Man Who Was Afraid in 1898. "It is supposed to present the broad and true picture of the contemporary life, while featuring the figure of an energetic, healthy man, craving for space to realize his power's potential....

Mother

Maksim Gorky

In his novel, Gorky portrays the life of a woman who works in a Russian factory doing hard manual labour and combating poverty and hunger, among other hardships. Pelageya Nilovna Vlasova is the real protagonist; her husband, a heavy drunkard, physica...

The Lower Depths: A Drama in Four Acts

Maksim Gorky

In the cellar of a small boarding house, thin boards partition off the room of Vaska, a young thief. In the kitchen live Kvashnya (Dough), a vendor of meat pies, the decrepit Baron, and the streetwalker Nastya. Other lodgers sleep in bunks in the sam...

The Daughter of Captain (Commandant)

Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin

Pyotr Andreyich Grinyov (the narrative is conducted on his behalf) is the only surviving child of a retired army officer. When Pyotr turns 17, his father sends him into military service in Orenburg. En route Pyotr gets lost in a blizzard, but is resc...

Dead Souls

Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol

The government would tax the landowners based on how many serfs (or "souls") the landowner owned, determined by the census. Censuses in this period were infrequent, so landowners would often be paying taxes on serfs that were no longer living, thus t...