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Hard Times : A Novel of Liberals and Radicals in 1860s Russia (Paperback) (Vasily Sleptsov)

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Vasily Sleptsov was a Russian social activist and writer during the politically charged 1860s, known as the “era of great reforms,” and marked by Alexander II’s emancipation of the serfs and the lifting of censorship. Popular in his day, Sleptsov’s contemporaries Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov praised his writing, with Chekhov remarking, “Sleptsov taught me, better than most, to understand the Russian intelligent, and my own self as well.” 
            The novella Hard Times is considered Sleptsov’s most important work. It focused popular attention on the radical and liberal movements through its fictional setting, where the characters contend with constantly evolving political and social dilemmas. Hard Times was immediately recognized as a seminal depiction of pre-revolutionary Russian intellectual society and the decade of the 1860s, as it questioned the viability of a political system facing massive social problems, while simultaneously discussing the possibility of liberal reform or radical revolution and lacking the resources to enact significant change.
            This is the first English language version of Hard Times, expertly translated by Michael Katz. Highly readable, it provides important historical insights on the political and social climate of a volatile and transformative period in Russia history.

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