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Verbrechen by Maxim Gorky is a gripping and powerful novel that delves into the depths of human nature and the consequences of our actions. Set in a small Russian town, the story follows the lives of various characters who struggle with poverty, corruption, and moral dilemmas.

Gorky's writing is raw and unflinching, pulling the reader into a world of hardship and despair. The characters are flawed and complex, making it easy to empathize with their struggles and decisions. As the story unfolds, the lines between right and wrong become increasingly blurred, leading to shocking revelations and unforeseen consequences.

What sets Verbrechen apart is its exploration of the human condition and the ways in which society shapes our choices. Gorky forces the reader to confront uncomfortable truths about greed, injustice, and the oftentimes cruel reality of life. Despite the darkness of the subject matter, there are moments of hope and resilience that shine through, reminding us of the strength and resilience of the human spirit.

Overall, Verbrechen is a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant novel that will stay with readers long after they finish the final page. Gorky's masterful storytelling and keen insight into the human psyche make this a must-read for anyone interested in the complexities of human behavior and society at large.

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Nach dem Tode seines Vaters verlässt der einfältige und mittellose Wanja Kusmin sein heimatliches Dorf, um in der Stadt Arbeit zu finden. Doch er macht die Bekanntschaft des arbeitsscheuen Jeremé Salakin, der seinen Lebensunterhalt durch kleine Diebstähle und Bettelei bestreitet. Auf dem Wege zu einer geplanten, ihr Niveau übersteigenden größeren Straftat, durch die sie vermeinen, ihre elende Situation zu verbessern, begehen sie ein schreckliches Verbrechen, welches infolge der Einfalt Wanjas nicht lange verborgen bleibt. In dieser frühen Erzählung beschreibt Gorki mit knappen Worten die soziale Situation der verarmten Unterschicht in der russischen Provinz im neunzehnten Jahrhundert.

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