“Standing on your own two feet means standing knee-deep in muck.”
The quote is from Maxim Gorky, the most venerated Soviet writer. We all hated him because we were endlessly persecuted with the profound revolutionary impact of his class-conscious literature. Any writer you were taught in a Soviet school was a writer you hated. I’m grateful for the Soviet censorship because it prevented Soviet literature teachers to spoil most of the world literature for me.
And then something really funny happened. There’s this mega famous mystery writer in Russia. She’s the Russian Ruth Rendell or Michael Connelly. All of a sudden, she published an endless three-volume novel that’s 60% detailed, in-depth literary analysis of the Soviet classic’s novels and plays. And she did it so well that now thousands of people are downloading Gorky’s collected works from online libraries.
And they turned out to be kind of great. Not in the least Soviet, especially since he wrote most of his stuff before the revolution. So I’m now going to pellet everybody with quotes.
Gorky is a hardcore naturalist. Like Zola but a lot harsher. Zola is a fluffy kitten compared to him.
“I’m like an empty suitcase that was sent on the journey of life by mistake without any of the stuff needed for the trip.”