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The Spy: The Story of a Superfluous Man

Maksim Gorky

The orphan boy Yevsey Klimkov is apprenticed to the owner of a shop, who secretly sells prohibited revolutionary books and then informs on his customers to the police. The bookseller is murdered, and the bereft, frail, and weak Klimkov is coerced by...

Creatures That Once Were Men

Maksim Gorky

Creatures that Once Were Men" is a short story by Maxim Gorky. The story is about the residents of a special house who start a conflict with their lord, which resulting in a rather inhumane outcome.  

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....

Twenty-six and One and Other Stories

Maksim Gorky

"Twenty-six Men and a Girl" is a pioneering story of social realism, and is a story of lost ideals. Twenty-six men labor in a cellar, making kringles in an effective prison. They are looked down upon by all around them, including the bun bakers. Thei...


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...

Les Miserables Extended

Victor Hugo

The story begins in 1815 in Digne, as the peasant Jean Valjean, just released from 19 years' imprisonment in the Bagne of Toulon—five for stealing bread for his starving sister and her family and fourteen more for numerous escape attempts&mdash...