This book is part of the series “Vanished Nations”, which consists of titles printed in places that are no longer in existence, such as Yugoslavia and the USSR.
by Maxim Gorky
“The book is necessary”, said Lenin of Mother, “since many workers took part in the revolutionary movement instinctively and spontaneously, and they can now read Mother with special benefit to themselves.”
The novel is based on actual events that took place at the beginning of the century in the town of Sormovo on the Volga. The writer has given his leading characters – the young proletarian Bolshevik Pavel Vlasov and his mother Nilovna – many characteristics borrowed from Pyotr Andreyevich and Anna Kirilovna Zalomov, two real-life people with whom he was on friendly terms. But Gorky’s book portrays with stunning power the fate of the entire proletariat; not merely the destiny of the working-class family.
The reader may be interested to learn that Mother first came out in English, not in Russian. This was in 1906 when Gorky, persecuted by the tsarist government, was living abroad as an émigré. Written at the time of the first Russian revolution of 1905-1907, this book is still a great favourite with readers all over the world.
Dust jacket (in plastic film) somewhat worn and yellowed. Pages yellowed around the edges, but inside clean and unmarked.