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The Grand Slam and other stories (Dutch Edition)

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Author: Leonid Andreev

Translators: Amy Bakkes and Otto Boele

After his debut in 1901 with the novel There Were Once, Leonid Andreev became one of the most popular writers in pre-revolutionary Russia. In his first novels he introduced signature elements that would become integral to his later works: terminally ill patients, fear of death, existential desperation, forms of madness and hysteria, and typical settings – a mental hospital, an infirmary or someone’s deathbed.

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After his debut in 1901 with the novel There Were Once, Leonid Andreev became one of the most popular writers in pre-revolutionary Russia. In his first novels he introduced signature elements that would become integral to his later works: terminally ill patients, fear of death, existential desperation, forms of madness and hysteria, and typical settings – a mental hospital, an infirmary or someone’s deathbed.

Andreev’s active period as a writer spanned twenty of Russia’s most turbulent years. Feelings of despair and uncertainty, provoked by war and revolution, made their way into his work. Although in many ways Andreev owes a debt to Anton Chekhov, something especially evident in his novels A Break and Grand Slam, he is considered a modernist. Many of his stories mix delusion and reality, creating a sense of personal tragedy that assumes global proportions. This is particularly the case in The Alarm and He. The Story Of An Unknown.

Despite the fact that Andreev’s work dwells on highly sensitive issues such as rape and venereal disease, provoking sensational and predominantly pessimistic narratives, many of his best stories also feature a humorous slant. The novel Rest, for one, is a light variation on Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich, and in juxtaposition to its oppressive theme demonstrates the agility of a well told anecdote.

 

 

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Leonid Andreev (1871-1919) was a famous Russian writer, a representative of the Silver Age in Russian literature, and a founder of Russian Expressionism.

Andreev studied law at the Moscow University and the University of St. Petersburg. In 1894 a romantic fiasco led him to attempt suicide, the result of which was heart disease and a religious confession. To maintain his mother and siblings who had moved to Moscow, Andreev resorted to temporary work as a tutor and a portraitist.

After successfully passing his final exams at the University, Andreev practiced law for the next few years. The year 1902 marked the beginning of his journalistic activities, following the publication of his first short story Bargamot and Garaska in 1898 that had drawn literary praise from Maxim Gorky. The expressiveness and symbolism of Andreev’s language evoked a warm response among artists and intellectuals of pre-revolutionary Russia and earned him long-lasting recognition.Andreev actively supported the first Russian revolution; he was jailed for harbouring activists and organizing secret meetings, but soon released. After the reaction of 1907, Andreev renounced his revolutionary views, believing that the revolt of the masses could only lead to suffering. The writer did not accept the 1917 October Revolution. His last works contain pessimistic themes and criticisms of the communist powers of the time.

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Leonid Andreev

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170 pages

Publication date

30th May 2013