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What Is to Be Done? #2020

What Is to Be Done Nikolai Chernyshevsky s great novel originally published in transformed Russian views of the peasantry in much the same way that Harriet Beecher Stowe s novel Uncle Tom s Cabin changed American

  • Title: What Is to Be Done?
  • Author: Nikolai Chernyshevsky Edward Hallett Carr Benjamin Ricketson Tucker Ludmilla B. Turkevich
  • ISBN: 9780394707235
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • What Is to Be Done? By Nikolai Chernyshevsky Edward Hallett Carr Benjamin Ricketson Tucker Ludmilla B. Turkevich, Nikolai Chernyshevsky s great novel, originally published in 1863, transformed Russian views of the peasantry in much the same way that Harriet Beecher Stowe s novel Uncle Tom s Cabin changed American perceptions of slavery In its pages, a group of idealistic Russian intellectuals go back to the land, easing the lot of the peasants with scientific methods of farming and lNikolai Chernyshevsky s great novel, originally published in 1863, transformed Russian views of the peasantry in much the same way that Harriet Beecher Stowe s novel Uncle Tom s Cabin changed American perceptions of slavery In its pages, a group of idealistic Russian intellectuals go back to the land, easing the lot of the peasants with scientific methods of farming and liberating the serfs from hardship The intellectuals socialist vision offers the promise of a world that subsequent events did not bear out, and it is fascinating to consider in the light of historical reality Fyodor Dostoyevsky gave Chernyshevsky s tale, full of sermonizing and idealism, a darkly pessimistic twist in his masterpiece The Possessed.

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    1. I don t recall at this point which translation I read Written in in the few months the author spent in prison on false charges of instigating civil unrest, this political tract in novel form presents Chernyshevsky s views on materialism, communalism, and feminism.Chernyshevsky shows that only the respectful marriage of equal individuals can be successful Both parties should be free to pursue happiness, even if it involves ending the marriage because they are no longer in love Women ought to be f [...]

    2. Dear Reader, the criticism of this novel is that it is poorly written I can assure you this is not the case Chernyshevsky indeed once a dear friend of mine we spent some time together in the Fortress of Peter and Paul with a few initial striking scenes comes right out and admits he s not trying to win you over with plot Plot is grossly overrated anyhow most modern authors would be well served to learn that lesson and why must a plot have this silly, redundant arc to it You ve seen it once, you v [...]

    3. This is a rather peculiar book, which I enjoyed quite a lot It was written in 1863, while its author, Nikolai Chernyshevsky, was in prison for opposing serfdom Chernyshevsky, who spent a number of years in prison and died in forced exile in Siberia, was considered one of the most radical men of his time, one of the new men of the 1860s, who opposed themselves to the men of the 40s such as Dostoevsky and Turgenyev What Is to Be Done was for a long time considered the exemplary radical Russian nov [...]

    4. This one s going to be on my mind for awhile It ll take a long time to unpack all of the ideas topics of discussion I must re read an unabridged version Chernyshevsky is not a fiction writer, this is his only fictional work And he succeeds unabashadly His political background seeps into the story whenever necessary and only to enhance the story he s telling.I went into this novel blindly knowing nothing of the plot or themes I think blindness makes the ending powerful I recommend it for feminis [...]

    5. This is the middle book in an important Russian literary and philisophical argument The first was Turgenev s Fathers and Sons, and the third was Dostoevsky s Notes From Underground All that stuff Dostoevsky is talking about in Notes advantage motivating action, the crystal palace, etc comes from What is to be Done Chernyshevsky thought Turgenev treated nihilism unfairly in Fathers and Sons, so he portrayed nihilism in another manner Dostoevsky then destroyed Chernyshevsky s vision of an ideal so [...]

    6. If you want to understand the underpinnings of modern Russia and its recent history, you have to understand Nikolai Chernyshevsky Lenin for one credits What is to be done as the most influential book in the development of his social conscious, and without him no doubt the world would be a very different place than it is today A must read.

    7. That was wonderful Indeed, I want to read this book again even after I have just read it Is there there a better way to rate a book

    8. What a pity that at the present hour there are still than ten antediluvians for every new man It is very natural, however An antediluvian world can have only an antediluvian population A new society requires a new anthropological type, new personalities with new virtues, thoughts and values this should be a truism for those seeking social change but in fact it s rarely given any thought This love story about the Nihilist counterculture in 1860s Russia attacks the problem, as young women reject [...]

    9. Per me un libro speciale Non per i meriti letterari o per lo stile, ma per la storia di questo rapporto uomo donna basilare per la societ , per il modo di vedere l organizzazione del lavoro, attuali utopie che non vediamo realizzarsi neppure ora Nessuna indagine psicologica cos non si rischiano toppate che toglierebbero freschezza al racconto, apprendiamo i fatti in maniera quasi oggettiva E lo scrittore ci bacchetta pure nella buffa prefazione ed epilogo Vera una donna moderna Ci si riconosce f [...]

    10. Un triunghi amoros se rezolv elegant i cu m rinimie, eroi ai lumii noi plini de calit i, n elepciune i materialism frumos n eles Practica a fost rea, teoria putea fi a a frumoas.

    11. I ve always thought that stories carry much power in the minds of men than cardboard tomes full of equations What Is To Be Done, juxtaposed against The Communist Manifesto Atlas Shrugged against Wealth of Nations It is said that What Is To Be Done is the book that radicalized Vladimir Lenin Let that sink in for a moment a simple if long novel about a young girl who wants find peace and a measure of prosperity and independence in Tsarist Russia is responsible for the extermination of 100,000,000 [...]

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    13. I was expecting a lot from What is to be Done naturally because of the buzz this book caused around its time I can put it down finally with only mixed feelings about it I suppose the book struck a chord loudly with those of its time, and as much as we present day readers with penetrating eyes wish to be struck with the same impact I believe we can only pretend to be so If a book is not written for you and only you, there s only so much you can take away from it I don t resolve to pretend to be a [...]

    14. I started reading this novel to figure out why Dostoyevsky distastes it It is said that Dostoyevsky was enraged by Chernyshevsky s utilitarianism and his depiction of his Russian Utopia First of all, I had to look up words like materialism and utilitarianism dozens of times to just get the gist of Big words like these confuse me so much As assisting as the notes of the annotator were, they were as confusing There are so many explanations that as an un perspicacious and unlearned reader I could h [...]

    15. I read it without knowing what it was about ignoring the plot I read it because other books drew me to it, recently Crime and Punishment It seems, fortunately, that the author does not want to pay too much attention to the plot As the book I read says it, the Aesopian style makes the plot just a means to the author s intentions On the surface the plot is simple, but when you think about it, it is precisely because of the different hidden messages Anyway, I read it because I wanted to understand [...]

    16. I ve noticed quite a few positive reviews on What Is to be Done, which might give people who are interested in Russian literature the idea that this could be an interesting book to read It is anything but Now, for a historian this is an important source, because Chernyshevsky s ideas and especially the character of Rakhmetov have influenced Russian ideas on revolution, social change and what we now call Russian Nihilism than any other piece of writing However, Chernyshevsky s style is terrible [...]

    17. Interesting and tedious at the same time Also, sad and funny Chernechevsky s self conscious narrator is enjoyable He teases the reader by revealing the plot at different points His being in conversation as we read is enjoyable He is a feminist and his ideal relationships between men and women are still something to dream about mutual respect, mutually important aspirations, a combination of selfishness and selflessness His cooperative workplace, owned and managed by the workers is something that [...]

    18. Libro molto innovativo soprattutto per la concezione della donna, della libert femminile, anche se il personaggio, l aspetto psicologico, di Vera viene presentato attraverso i sogni Molto interessante la fondazione di una fabbrica a cui partecipano tutte le operaie Il benessere psico fisico e l eguaglianza economica sono fondamentali.

    19. I simply love the author and his book Like Plato except interesting and vividly necessary, whatever that means It seems reading the author has got into my system and I can t put him away This is a book that I cannot shelve.

    20. erni evski nin hapiste kurnaz bir dille yazd Nas l Yapmal kitab hayli tart lm bir kitap Hatta rivayet odur ki kitaba kar bir ele tiri yazmaktansa, toplumsal meselelere bu kadar naif z mler sunmaya kalkt i in Yer Alt ndan Notlar yazarak yan t verir Dostoyevski Kimileri ise erni evski nin kitab Turgenyev in Babalar ve O ullar na yan t olarak yazd n s yl yor Neyse kitab n yaz ld d nem serflerin ba ms zl n kazand , Rusya da arl k rejiminin kazan n n kaynad ve devrim laf n n iyiden iyiye telaffuz edi [...]

    21. Intended as an answer to Herzen s Who is to Blame , Chernyshevsky s ponderous novel, What is to Be Done will test the patience of any modern reader Its historical value is well known Lenin thought much of it Beyond this, the modern reader will likely view it as a work that might have been written by Jane Austin if she had read Karl Marx.d were Russian Combine the novel of manners with a socialist blueprint and you get a special creation of tedium As if you couldn t guess that, right Heroine esca [...]

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