Untimely Thoughts

Essays on Revolution, Culture, and the Bolsheviks, 1917-1918

Translated by Herman Ermolaev; Maxim Gorky; With a new Introduction and Chronology by Mark D. Steinberg

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March 20, 1995
342 pages, 5 1/2 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300060690

One of the most renowned Soviet writers of the twentieth century, Maxim Gorky was an early supporter of the Bolsheviks who became disillusioned with the turn of events after the 1917 revolution. This brilliant and controversial book is a collection of the critical articles Gorky wrote that describe the Russian national character, condemn the Bolshevik methods of government, and provide a vision of the future.


Maxim Gorky (1868-1936) was the author of many stories, novels, and plays, including Foma Gordeyev, Three of Them, The Petty Bourgeois, and The Lower Depths and Other Plays. Mark D. Steinberg is an associate professor of history at Yale University.

"An important book of as much interest now as at the time it was written."—Walter Laqueur

"Untimely Thoughts is now timely. Gorky's journalistic pieces are immensely interesting as a commentary on a period of revolution, turmoil, and violence and on the play of forces trying to seize control of the country in a situation close to anarchy—that is, a situation very much like that of Russia today."—Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University

The Lower Depths and Other Plays

Maxim Gorky; Translated by Alexander Bakshy and Paul S.

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Gorky's Tolstoy and Other Reminiscences
Key Writings by and about Maxim Gorky

Maxim Gorky; Translated, Edited, and Introduced by Donald F

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Russian Literature and Thought Series
Five Operas and a Symphony
Word and Music in Russian Culture

Boris Gasparov

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"Anna Karenina" in Our Time
Seeing More Wisely

Gary Saul Morson

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Philosophy of Economy
The World as Household

Sergei Bulgakov; Translated, edited, and with an Introducti

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Politics, Law, and Morality
Essays by V.S. Soloviev

Vladimir Soloviev; Edited and translated by Vladimir Wozniu

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The Little Tragedies

Alexander Pushkin; Translated, with critical essays by Nanc

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Views from the Other Shore
Essays on Herzen, Chekhov, and Bakhtin

Aileen M. Kelly

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