March 2018: 150 Years since the Birth of Maxim Gorky
March 2018: 150 Years since the Birth of Maxim Gorky.
Maxim Gorky, born Alexei Maximovich Peshkov on 28 March 1868 (he died on 18 June 1936), was a Russian and Soviet writer, a founder of the socialist realism literary method and a political activist.
In his writing, he counterposed individuals, aware of their natural dignity, and inspired by energy and will, with people who succumb to the degrading conditions of life around them. Both his writings and his letters reveal a "restless man" (a frequent self-description) struggling to resolve contradictory feelings of faith and scepticism, love of life and disgust at the vulgarity and pettiness of the human world.
He was also a five-time nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature.