One of Maxim Gorky's firm convictions was that the purpose of literature was to raise a man's soul while expurgating seductive elements that subvert the peace and balance of life. The beginning of this novel transports the reader back in time giving them a glimpse into the lives of the workers of Krasinove Soromo Factory--living in a smoke-begrimed, greasy atmosphere, obedient to the summons of the power of steam-hastening forward like frightened cockroaches. It has some memorable speeches like, "when will we have mothers who rejoice at sending their children to death." Let me have books--such books that when a man has read them he will not be able to rest.--Submitted by pushpinder
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