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    Maxim Gorki would be a hundred years old if he lived today!
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    Background: Maxim Gorki would be a hundred years old if he lived today!
    During these days the whole Soviet Land is honouring the great writer and citizen.

    His name is spoken with the deepest respect and gratitude by people in every part of the world.

    But Gorki is above all a Russian writer, a writer of the people.... That is why is name has been given to cities and streets, theatres and libraries.

    Moscow's mainstreet is called Gorki Street.... In one of its sidestreets, formerly Kammerherr Street, is the Moscow Art Theatre. The building reminds us of Gorki, for it was this theatre that first produced his well known plays "The Lower Depths," "Enemies," and "Egor Bulychov and Others."
    The theatre is also called after Gorki today...

    ....There is a huge pile of flowers in front of the memorial to the great writer on Belorussian Railway Square. It was here on May 14, 1931 that Moscow met Gorki with immense enthusiasm on his return from abroad.

    The writer came to this old mansion straight from the station and he spent the last years of his life there. Gorki occupied the first floor....Here is the secretary's room.... The writer came here every morning for newspapers and letters.

    On the walls - big cupboards with Gorki's correspondence. He wrote more than 20,000 letters in the course of his life.

    At this table the writer's son Maxim typed out his father's manuscripts.

    ...At exactly 9 o'clock in the morning the writer went into his study. Here Gorki was left alone with his thoughts, his manuscripts and with the characters in his novels.

    In this study he worked on the fourth volume of his novel "The Life of Klim Samgin," and wrote hundreds of articles on public affairs.

    He only came to his bedroom late in the evening... Till then the doors of his dwelling were left wide open to guests..
    Writer and workers, scholars, artists, peasants all came here with their joys and troubles.

    Here Gorki had talks with Bernard Shaw and Romain Rolland.

    What was said was quite true there was room for the whole world in this house...

    ... The number of people left alive who knew Gorki personally is becoming less and less. But all over the world, millions know him from his writings.

    The fact is that Gorki represented a whole epoch of world literature. He was the first to write books having features of an entirely new literary method, that of socialist realism.

    In these centenary days in Moscow a museum has been opened in which an exhibition is being held dedinted to Gorki, the Man and the Writer.

    Writers and artists of the Soviet Union and from countries abroad were present at the opening.

    The commemoration meeting was opened by First Secretary of the Executive of the Union of Writers of the U.S.S.R. Constantin Fedin.

    The writer Leonid Leonov gave an address entitled "A Word About Gorki." Words of great emotions were spoken under the roof of the Kremlin Palace of Congresses about the Stormy Petrel of the Revolution.

    Leonov said "Gorki's great heritage is a precious, inalienable part of the spiritual stores of the Soviet people, part of their humanist culture.

    The Pakistani Poet Fais Ahmad Faiz Member of the World Peace Council spoke about the international importance of Gorki's work.

    The writers Nikolai Tikhonov, Chingiz Aitmatov and others spoke about Gorki as the hard of the Revolution.

    Gorki celebrated in his work men and women brought up by the revolutions, men and women who are building the new life.

    Gorki is still with us today.

    Among the guests of honour were the writers' grandchildren Martha and Daya Peshkova, and Nadezhda Peshkova, wife of Gorki's son and also the writer's great grandchildren.

    The main purpose of the exhibition is to show how very much alive the work of Gorki is today. For Gorki was not merely the writer of novels which are now classics, novels which have enriched the world literature with artistic discoveries and vivid ideas. He was also our contemporary, who celebrated the men and women of the new life.

    The exhibits include numerous edition's of the writer's works in many different languages. Today, in all parts of the world Gorki's words are repeated "Man - the name rings proud!"
    In this glorification of free man, man of the new era we have the whole of Gorki, the great writer and citizen.

    The culminating point in the celebration of the Gorki Centenary was the commemoration meeting in the Kremlin Palace of Congress.

    On March 28 writers and public leaders, artists and party workers, persons in the from ranks of production and guests of the capital arrived here from many countries abroad.

    The meeting welcomed with applause the appearance in the Presidium of party and government leaders and members of the All Soviet Union Commemoration Committee.

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