Autobiography by Maksim Gorky

The book is a powerful and evocative memoir that chronicles the harsh and often brutal life of a Russian writer who rose from poverty to become one of the most celebrated literary figures of his time. It vividly portrays his early years, marked by relentless adversity, including childhood experiences with abusive relatives and his eventual escape into a life of vagrancy, where he encountered a diverse array of characters and harsh realities. Through his journey, the author reflects on the social injustices and the plight of the lower classes in Tsarist Russia, all while developing his own intellectual and political consciousness. His narrative is not only a personal story of survival and self-education but also a window into the societal conditions that would eventually lead to the Russian Revolution.

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