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Socialist realism is striving to tell the tales of the toiling masses and working classes that underpin urban and literary society Although I think that and Kataev s and Soviet philosophy is obviously passed its used by date for what it is I think its fantastic and a reat read I ve never heard anything ood about Soviet Realism so I didn t expect much from this book But despite some of the heavy handedness I en Befitting the title and the subject an industrial speed competition But despite some of the heavy handedness I en Befitting the title and the subject an industrial speed competition is one of the most dynamic propulsive novels you could ever hope to read I recognize that this novel has reat 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 et 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 alvanizing and
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F the Soviet mind during a time of incredible change for what was just a couple of decades a predominantly agrarian and semi feudal society in most places Not least Magnitogorsk was a couple of decades earlier a predominantly agrarian and semi feudal society in most places Not least Magnitogorsk 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 purpose I believe there 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 et 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 reat Russian authors of the previous century did. 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. .
Valentin Kataev ñ 7 reviewAn entire chapter of this book is devoted to but the Techniue Of How To of how concrete complete with charts and raphs 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 reat 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 Anarrative concludes in a 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 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.