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The Dark

Leonid Andreyev

Book Overview: 

The Dark is a novella about a desperate young man, a “terrorist and nihilist”, trying to avoid arrest by taking refuge in a brothel. The story focuses on his unfolding relationship with a prostitute in the brothel and the internal conflict which torments him. The author, Leonid Andreyev, an acclaimed Russian playwright and writer of short fiction, was noted for the darkness in his work. This book was published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .With the same polite air, as though he were in the company of young ladies, he touched the edge of his frock-coat and asked:

»Do you mind if I take off my coat?«

The girl scowled slightly.

»Certainly. Of course....«

»And my waistcoat? It's so tight.«

The girl did not answer, but merely shrugged her shoulders.

»Here is my pocket-book ... and money. Will you be so good as to take care of them for me?«

»You had better leave them at the office. We always deposit such things there.«

»Why?« He looked at the girl, and turned aside in confusion. »Oh, of course ... but that's silly!«

»But do you know how much you have on you? Some people don't know, and then afterwards....«

»I understand. Quite. You desire....«

He lay down, politely leaving room for her by the wall. And enchanting sleep, spaciously smiling, came and nestled wit. . . Read More

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Андреев всегда такой, настоящий мастер психологии, рассказ о молодой революционер, чистый, хороший, спрятался у проститутки, и вот начинается проблем, почему он там? Ооочень хорошая история! Стил прям идеальный)

This novella isn't the best work I've encountered by Leonid Andreyev, but it has some good points. I found the first half too slow and it's very claustrophobic, essentially happening in one room with two characters.

It shines when it contains some of Andreyev's evocative prose like, "A long silence—t

Στο «Έρεβος» του καλού και του κακού, εκεί που αναμειγνύονται οι ανθρωπολογικοί νόμοι του αίματος,
η ύψιστη κατάσταση του ανθρώπινου πνεύματος, η αμφιβολία, οι εμμονές και η επαναστατική διάθεση σε σώμα και νου,
ανοίγει πάντα κάποια πύλη για να σώσει ότι σώζεται
ή να πνίξει την πλάση με το χαμόγελο

Страшный рассказ. Страшный в своей реалистичности и жестокости. Говорящая фамилия Немовецкого насторожила с самого начала. На самом деле много таких людей с ‘тонкими и белыми [руками], как у женщины’, которые являются порядочными и интеллигентно безопасными снаружи, а внутри у них - звериные желания

Me interesó que podría redactar de una trama así. Y aunque en espacios suena fluido y que tiene un sentido trascendental la virtud sobre la no virtud y la forma en que dos personas piensan. En si es tipo sicológico sobre cómo cada persona tiene que juzgar a la otra. Desde su perspectiva y principalm

Ένα μικρό αλλά τεραστίων διαστάσεων διαμάντι!!! Συστήνεται ανεπιφύλακτα!!!

Un revolucionario, perseguido por la policía, se esconde en una casa de prostitución.
Dos opuestos que se encuentran casualmente y cuyas ideas y opiniones se entremezclan, a veces coincidiendo, a veces no. Con dos personajes protagónicos complejos, la narración se hila con un ritmo inusitado y notabl

A great writer whom i met very recently! Is this book a love novel or it is political, talking about the vanity of political beliefs?

Las tinieblas, novela corta de principios del siglo XX escrita por Leonidas Leonid Andreyev, supone un atípico acercamiento a la literatura rusa prerevolucionaria, ya que el aspecto con mayor relevancia del relato radica sobre ciertas reflexiones morales de Alekséi, el protagonista. Los revolucionar

Un terrorista puro de cuerpo y alma y una prostituta diabólica vestida de negro se encierran una noche en una habitación de un cabarulo turbio frecuentado por oficiales zaristas. El hace dos días que no duerme, dentro de dos días tiene que llevar a cabo un atentado, probablemente entregando la vida.

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