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‘From Pushkin to Gorky’ is how Lenin summed up Russian literature, and that will be the overall theme of this talk, given in celebration of 150 years since the birth of Maxim Gorky.
Building upon the literary inheritance of Pushkin and Gogol, blessed with an intimate knowledge of the life of the poor and fired with a burning hatred for the autocracy and capitalism, Maxim Gorky was the spokesman for the movement that became known as socialist realism in the arts.
The great advances which Stalin’s USSR made in terms of economics were matched by similar leaps in culture. Touching upon this period, and the characters who shaped it, this talk will look at the role of Maxim Gorky in particular in developing proletarian art.
“The Soviet Union marks the beginning and the progressive advance in the construction of the first socialist state in the world. It is hard to extirpate the habits, prejudices, and superstitions inbred in people by ages, but this work of letting in the light and the air on the survivals of the old, dismal past is going ahead, and we can already say that there is no corner of the Soviet Union where the revolutionary spirit of the new history has not penetrated.” – Maxim Gorky
A presentation to the Stalin Society by Comrade Paul Cannon, followed by discussion.
About the society
The Stalin Society was formed in 1991 to defend JV Stalin and his work on the basis of fact, and to refute the capitalist, revisionist, opportunist and Trotskyist propaganda directed against him.
Stalin’s name is synonymous with communism, the October Revolution, and the overthrow of capitalist exploitation and imperialist tyranny. For this reason, the international bourgeoisie have spearheaded their attacks on working and oppressed peoples by slandering Stalin and the Soviet Union.
They have employed a variety of tactics to this end over the last 90 years, but have been guided to a large extent by dissidents who betrayed the Soviet people, most notably Leon Trotsky. The powerful US-based Hearst press, sympathetic to Hitler, was a pioneer in these methods, but the rest of the capitalist world’s media and political elites have not lagged behind.
All welcome to this meeting who are genuinely interested in the content, ready to listen respectfully to the speaker and wishing to take part constructively in the discussion that follows.