(Time Forward European Classics) PDF KINDLE æ Valentin Kataev
An entire chapter of this book is devoted to nothing but the techniue of how to pour concrete complete with charts and graphs Socialist realism in full swing I appreciated how straightforward this book was but I didn t enjoy it This isn t something I would have chosen to read if I didn t have to read it for class and I don t think I ll ever read it again The first chapter is omitted for the time being What a great way to start the novel Socialist realism is not for everyone and it bears remembering the time and place this book was written and the audience it was intended for Obviously the narrative concludes in a somewhat forced way with the triumph of the Soviet spirit and the defeat of non believers But as a writer I think Kataev is masterful at creating a sense of tempo that infuses the entire book and mirrors closely the dramatic temporal tensions of the plot It s also an incredible window into the thinking and philosophy of the Soviet. Valentine Kataev's Time Forward is a classic of Soviet Realism Written in 1932 the novel captures the enthusiasm and the optimism of the First Five Year Plan in its portrayal of the construction of Magnitogorsk an enormous metallurgical plant cons.
Mind during a time of incredible change for what was just a couple of decades earlier a predominantly agrarian and semi feudal society in most places Not least Magnitogorsk where narrative explores the taming and relentless transformation of a once remote and desolate place into a hub of steel production The characterisations are strong and interesting and although it certainly serves a moralistic purpose I believe there to be a lot of subtle interesting explorations of some of the major issues of the age and the tensions between races classes and ideologies in this time I feel for those who disliked because of its technical content it can take some work to get around it But in line with socialist realism this is the very point Kataev is making Instead of writing sagas about the melodramatic moral uandaries and love lives of the bourgeoisie which admittedly many of the great Russian authors of the previous century did socialist realism is st. Idered one of the finest industrial achievements of the period Time Forward embodies the beliefs of the era that the collective here a multinational brigade through its determination and the application of technology can accomplish the impossible.
Riving to tell the tales of the toiling masses and the working classes that underpin urban and literary society Although I think that style and Kataev s and Soviet philosophy is obviously passed its used by date for what it is I think its fantastic and a great read I ve never heard anything good about Soviet Realism so I didn t expect much from this book But despite some of the heavy handedness I enjoyed the tempo of the writing a lot Befitting the title and the subject an industrial speed competition this is one of the most dynamic propulsive novels you could ever hope to read I recognize that this novel has great literary merit for the Soviet Union and that it is written with a uniue style That being said for the life of me I could not get through it If I had time and patience then maybe I could have borrows techniues of soviet realist montage pretty effectively provides a vivid look at the hustle and bustle of the First Five year plan. Conuer nature even overcome time Utilizing cinematic techniue Kataev focuses on a single twenty four hour period when one of the Magnitogorsk shock brigades breaks a world record for pouring cement; the result is galvanizing and remarkably affecti.
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Валентин Катаев; also spelled Katayev or Kataiev was a Russian and Soviet novelist and playwright who managed to create penetrating works discussing post revolutionary social conditions without running afoul of the demands of official Soviet style Kataev is credited with suggesting the idea for the Twelve Chairs to his brother Yevgeni Petrov and Ilya Ilf In return Kataev insisted that the novel be dedicated to him in all editions and translations Kataev's relentless imagination sensitivity and originality made him one of the most distinguished Soviet writersKataev was born in Odessa then Russian Empire now Ukraine into the family of a teacher and began writing while he was still in gimnaziya high school He did not finish the gimnaziya but volunteered for the army in 1915 serving in the artillery After the October Revolution he was mobilized into the Red Army where he fought against General Denikin and served in the Russian Telegraph Agency In 1920 he became a journalist in Odessa; two years later he moved to Moscow where he worked on the staff of The Whistle Gudok where he wrote humorous pieces under various pseudonymsHis first novel The Embezzlers Rastratchiki 1926 was printed in the journal Krasnaya Nov A satire of the new Soviet bureaucracy in the tradition of Gogol the protagonists are two bureaucrats who or less by instinct or by accident conspire to defraud the Soviet state The novel was well received and the seminal modernist theatre practitioner Constantin Stanislavski asked Kataev to adapt it for the stage It was produced at the world famous Moscow Art Theatre opening on 20 April 1928 A cinematic adaptation was filmed in 1931His comedy uadrature of the circle Kvadratura kruga 1928 satirizes the effect of the housing shortage on two married couples who share a roomHis novel Time Forward Vremya vperyod 1932 describes workers' attempts to build the huge steel plant at Magnitogorsk in record time Its title was taken from a poem by Vladimir Mayakovsky its theme is the speeding up of time in the Soviet Union where the historical development of a century must be completed in ten years The heroes are described as being unable to trust such a valuable thing as time to clocks mere mechanical devices Kataev adapted it as a screenplay which filmed in 1965A White Sail Gleams Beleyet parus odinoky 1936 treats the 1905 revolution and the Potemkin uprising from the viewpoint of two Odessa schoolboys In 1937 Vladimir Legoshin directed a film version which became a classic children's adventure Kataev wrote its screenplay and took an active part in the filming process finding locations and acting as an historical advisor Many of his contemporaries considered the novel to be a prose poem