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Creatures That Once Were Men

(1918)
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It is certainly a curious fact that so many of the voices of what is called our modern religion have come from countries which are not only simple, but may even be called barbaric. A nation like Norway has a great realistic drama without having ever had either a great classical drama or a great romantic drama. A nation like Russia makes us feel its modern fiction when we have never felt its ancient fiction. It has produced its Gissing without producing its Scott. Everything that is most sad and scientific, everything that is most grim and analytical, everything that can truly be called most modern, everything that can without unreasonableness be called most morbid, comes from these fresh and untried and unexhausted nationalities. Out of these infant peoples come the oldest voices of the earth.

It is no exaggeration to say that the people of whom Gorky writes in such a story as Creatures That Once Were Men are to the Western mind children. They have been tortured and broken by experience and sin. But this has only sufficed to make then sad children or naughty children or bewildered children. They have absolutely no trace of that quality upon which secure government rests so largely in Western Europe, the quality of being soothed by long words as if by an incantation. They do not call hunger "economic pressure"; they call it "hunger." They do not call rich men "examples of capitalistic concentration;" they call them "rich men." And this note of plainness and of something nobly prosaic is a characteristic of Gorky, in some ways the most modern, and sophisticated of Russian authors, as it is of Tolstoy or any of the Toystoyan type of mind. The very title of this story strikes the note of this sudden and simple vision. This story is a test case of the Russian manner, for it is in itself a study of decay, a study of failure, and a study of old age. And yet the author is forced to write even of staleness freshly; and though he is treating of the world as seen by eyes darkened or blood-shot with evil experience, his own eyes lookout upon the scene with a clarity that is almost babyish. Through all runs that curious Russian sense that every man is only a man, which, if the Russians ever are a democracy, will make them the most democratic democracy that the world has ever seen.

    

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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men
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December 2012 : Hardback
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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men
Author(s): Maksim Gorky
ISBN: 3849181170 / 978-3849181178
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men
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July 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men
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August 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men
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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men
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November 2012 : Paperback
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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men (TREDITION CLASSICS)
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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men (TREDITION CLASSICS)
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men
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July 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Creatures that once were men
Author(s): Maksim Gorky, J K M Shirazi, G K 1874-1936 Chesterton
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December 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men
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September 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men
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November 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men
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November 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men
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August 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men
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April 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men
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September 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men
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ISBN: 1-59224-460-2 / 978-1-59224-460-7 (USA edition)
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July 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men
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ISBN: 1-84702-377-0 / 978-1-84702-377-3 (UK edition)
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June 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men
Author(s): Maxim Gorky
ISBN: 1-58963-263-X / 978-1-58963-263-9 (USA edition)
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July 2009 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Creatures That Once Were Men
Author(s): Maksim Gorky
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
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