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Дети Арбата

1933-1934 годы. Москва.Уже набирает силу тоталитарный режим.В центре событий - жизнь обитателей "самого большого дома на Арбате между Никольским и Денежным переулками". Здесь живут и вместе учатся очень разные молодые люди - как по происхождению, так и по взглядам на жизнь. Саша Панкратов - юноша из интеллигентной семьи, сын портного Юра Шарок, сестры-сироты Нина и Варя Ив1933-1934 годы. Москва.Уже набирает силу тоталитарный режим.В центре событий - жизнь обитателей "самого большого дома на Арбате между Никольским и Денежным переулками". Здесь живут и вместе учатся очень разные молодые люди - как по происхождению, так и по взглядам на жизнь. Саша Панкратов - юноша из интеллигентной семьи, сын портного Юра Шарок, сестры-сироты Нина и Варя Ивановы, дочь члена ЦК, известного дипломата Лена Будягина. У каждого из них свой путь и судьба. Но основное действие разворачивается вокруг главного героя - Александра Панкратова. В сущности, история Саши обычна для своего времени.На очередном заседании партбюро избирает новую жертву в лице заместителя директора Транспортного института Криворучко, обвинив его в антипартийном поведении и срыве строительства общежития. Нужен свидетель, в качестве которого чиновники собираются выставить Панкратова. Отказываясь подтвердить вину директора, Александр подставляет под удар и себя самого. Страшный механизм запущен. Теперь каждый следующий шаг Панкратова - это его путь к бездне: обвинения в антисоветских настроениях, исключение из партии, тюрьма и ссылка по статье 58-10 в Сибирь.Дома у Саши остаются мать, друзья и любимая девушка Варя…Наступают черные времена…...

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Дети Арбата Reviews

  • Bettie☯
    2019-02-07 16:15

    Description: On a street called the Arbat in Moscow's intellectual and artistic center in the 1930s, Sasha, one of a group of idealistic young communists, is sentenced to three years in Siberia for publishing a newspaper. Opening: Between Nikolsky and Denezhny streets (today they are called Plotnikov and Vesnin) stood the biggest apartment block in the Arbat - three eight-storey buildings, one close behind the other, the front one glazed with a facade of white tiles.It is the early '30s and we are introduced to a handful of late-teen residents, a circle of friends, and observe their interactions and ambitions. Foremost here are Sasha and Yuri. This novel was suppressed by the Soviet Union for over twenty years.[..] The author was arrested and exiled to Siberia but was later 'rehabilitated' when he became a highly decorated tank commander in WWII.Taken from the dust coverThe writing is a little choppy and I found keeping a notebook of the names helped a lot. Not a book to read in bed, this takes concentration and strong wrists - this is a brick in the hardback. Decided against going with the rest of the trilogy, for now at least, and have my eyes fixed on Heavy Sand, a novel about Soviet Jews living in a Nazi occupied Ukranian village. Originally a suburb where traders from the East would arrive with their caravans, in the 18th Century the Arbat became popular with Moscow's intelligentsia and artistic community, who enjoyed frequenting the many cafes and taking strolls along the area's mansion-lined boulevards. Pushkin himself lived here with his wife in house number 53 (the building has since been turned into a museum dedicated to the poet) and Tolstoy resided on the adjoining Kaloshin Lane. In fact Count Fyodor was said to have modelled his famous character Anna Karenina on Maria Gartung - Pushkin's oldest daughter, who also lived nearby.SourceChildren of the Arbat (Russian: Дети Арбата) is a novel by Anatoly Rybakov that recounts the era in the Soviet Union of the build-up to the Congress of the Victors, the early years of the second Five Year Plan and the (supposed) circumstances of the murder of Sergey Kirov prior to the beginning of the Great Purge. - wiki - sourced This section is for interesting items found during my read-time to enable 'light and well-meaning' contrasts and comparisons *cough* within the intellectual and artistic communities today:Russia political artist who faces jail for vandalismRussia jails Ukraine director Sentsov on terror chargesRadical Moscow film festival cancelled in favour of Putin-backed replacementWalls/barriers: Estonia in particular, yet the practice in generalApropos of today's russian tyrant: do you think the current n. korean tyrant wept when all that european cheese was destroyed?Forbidden food and contraband clothes: the Russian sanctions quiz

  • Lyn
    2019-02-02 13:32

    “The night outside was freezing, the room was warm and cozy, the girls were wearing lisle stockings and high-heeled shoes. The planet was spinning on its relentless orbit, the stars in the universe were in permanent motion, they had vodka and port and white wine and roast goose, there was mustard sauce for the herring and store-bought ham, and they were seeing in 1934, just as they had seen in 1933, and would see in 1935 and ’36 and ’37 and many more years to come. They were young, with no thought of death or old age; they had been born for life and youth and joy.”In 1989 I was an undergraduate political science student in Murfreesboro Tennessee. I enrolled in a class called Soviet Political Systems and our instructor told us in the first class that we would not be using the textbook normally assigned but would instead simply keep up with events as they happened.This was during the period of Perestroika and of Glasnost, and the word watched as Mikhail Gorbachev guided the Soviet ship of state into its final mooring and ushered in the end of that great decades long political experiment.Our professor was considered an expert on communism and had traveled extensively in Eastern Europe and was a wealth of knowledge. He talked about a book that had just been published called Children of the Arbat and how it painstakingly described life in the 1930s Stalinist era. I always kept an idea that I would someday read the book and almost 30 years later I have.Author Anatoly Rybakov described a semi-autobiographical narration of life under Stalin’s early rule (Rybakov was himself exiled for political reasons in the 30s). Tales of Stalin’s totalitarian paranoia and of his political purges have become commonplace since his rule, but Children of the Arbat puts a face and names the period as one we can now understand.Following the arrest and exile of a loyal communist, we see how intrigue and party politics transformed the ideological revolution into an arena of personal power plays. This book also breathes life into this era, as we understand that a neighborhood that had once been known for its artistic and humanistic personality is altered in the socialist state.Ultimately this is a book about life in the Soviet Union but more so about life in general and about human nature. An excellent portrayal of an important and often misunderstood time and place.

  • Michael
    2019-02-15 14:04

    I read this book in the early 1990s, and it had a huge impact on me. Once I finished it, I had to get my hands on the other two books in the trilogy. After I finished those, I had to get my hands on everything else by Rybakov (too bad I only took two semesters of Russian in college). After that, I had to find every other piece of Russian historical fiction in the greater Chicago area (though none quite matched up to this). Obviously I am obsessed, but this book is so well written, with characters you really care about and vivid descriptions of the Soviet Union in the 1930s, that I think anyone can enjoy it. This book is the reason why I love historical fiction.

  • Velvetink
    2019-02-15 14:22

    Suppressed by the Soviet Union for over twenty years, Anatoli Rybakov's Children of the Arbat is destined to rank with Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago as a classic of historical fiction. Set in 1934, Children of the Arbat presents a masterful and chilling psychological portrait of Stalin and details the beginning of its reign of terror and its impact on a generation - represented by a circle of young friends living in Moscow's intellectual and artistic centre, the Arbat. Sasha Pankratov, a young engineering student and loyal member of the Young Communist League, is unjustly accused of subversion, arrested, and subsequently exiled to Siberia. Interwined with the story of Sasha, his family, and his friends, as they struggle against a glowing plague of deceit and fear, is a riveting account of Stalin's burgeoning paranoia. Rybakov exposes the roots of Stalin's megalomania and the cold, calculating scheme to assassinate his colleague Kirov, providing the excuse to unleash the Terror.

  • Ksenia Anske
    2019-02-07 16:33

    I’m stunned. After reading this book. Stunned, and blown away, and sad. Growing up in Russia, as a little girl, I didn’t understand much about politics, and am only now discovering how Stalin’s regime came into being. This story is like the other side of the coin, the other The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov. Same time, two completely different stories. And yet they are the same. Told through the eyes of those who lived through The Russian Revolution, who believed into the bright proletariat future, the unity of the Party, the power of Russia, and those who were crushed by their own belief, their innocence, their naiveté, ground and disposed of as part of 20 million people, killed by the very leader whom they appointed to rule the country. Comrade Stalin.The story is told from multiple characters’ points of view, including Stalin himself, but mostly it’s told by Sasha Pankratov, a young Komsomol member who gets tangled up in a political intrigue at his school and, as a result, gets exiled. This is the first book in the trilogy (the other two are Fear and Dust and Ashes), and it portrays Stalin’s growing paranoia and the mounting hysteria and terror in the country, where a single word could mean 10 years in prison, or, worse, death. A joke is considered an act of sabotage. And it’s only getting worse. And yet. And yet humanity prevails. This book is filled with love, with small acts of kindness that keep people believing in something better, help people get on with their lives, no matter how miserable they are. I cried at the very end, it was heartbreaking. Perhaps because it was too close to home, perhaps because it captured the struggle of an individual against a system so well. If you’re interested on the history of Soviet Union, read it. But if you’re simply interested in human nature, read it too. There are beautiful moments here, that come from suffering, from people learning to love and to continue to love. No matter what.

  • Tim
    2019-01-24 17:04

    "Children of the Arbat" is in the long Russian tradition of critical (as distinct from socialist) realism. It deals with the teenage and young adult lives of a group of children who grow up in Moscow's Arbat district, beginning in 1934, when Stalin's paranoia was beginning to ripen into political terror.[return][return]The novel explores the lives of those exiled by the secret police, and those who reach varying levels of accommodation by a regime which is tightening its grip on Russian society. Among the characters are Stalin himself, and such senior pre-WW2 Soviet figures as Kirov. The portrait of Stalin is remarkably consistent with that in Simon Sebag Montefiore's nonfiction work "The Court of the Red Tsar".[return][return]The inclusion of so many viewpoints slows down the narrative at times; but the central narrative of "Children of the Arbat" is strongly autobiographical, and it is the scenes involving the exiled Sasha Pankratov, his mother, his relatives, and his friend Varya that are, for me, the strongest. This fine novel is the first in Rybakov's "Arbat trilogy" (the others being "Fear" and "Dust and Ashes"), and I'm now keen to read these and find out how the story of Sasha, Varya and the rest continues. Given how Stalin's story continues, I suspect many tears remain to be shed.

  • Alex
    2019-02-14 14:26

    If someone wants in Stalin's darkest thoughts to look I recommend to read this brilliant, amazing bookIt's hardly possible for reader to remain to be aloof, cool, calm, unmoved spectatorWhile learning how horrible and treacherous and sick was crazy mind of fearsome and yet so fearful dictator1. Memorable 52. Social Relevance 53. Informative 54. Originality 55. Thought Provoking 56. Expressiveness 57. Entertaining 58. Visualization 19. Sparks Emotion 510. Life Changing (Pivotal, crucial, determining, defining, momentous, fateful, consequential, climacteric, transformational) 25, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 1, 5, 2 ====> 43/10 = 4.3 brilliant book (all 3 parts of it) offers unique in its depth psychological analysis of Stalin's character.Were all Asian/Oriental tyrants like that ?On anther hand - if this book is read by professional psychiatrist - would he be able to come up with some diagnosis ?All in all, Anatoly Rybakov was very talented writer.His literary style reminds me of Kaverin, but the issues covered by Anatoly Rybakov are much more social and broad then those of Kaverin.Aksenov's "Moscow saga" goes on similar lines withAnatoly Rybakov's "Children_of_the_Arbat" but it is much weaker in both literary and social effects.

  • Sonia
    2019-02-06 15:04

    This was a hard book to read because the translation and editing was bad. I loved the parts about the "children" of Arbat and wish the book focused more on them instead of spending so much time internalizing Stalin's thinking. The parts about Stalin tended to drag out and I found myself skimming through them. I always heard that this was a very powerful book but I don't know if it was the translation or the writing itself but through out most of the book I could not really connect and feel for the characters. I have read Rybakov in Russian many years ago so I know he's a powerful writer so I'm not sure why I had a problem with this book. Hopefully the next book in the trilogy will be better.

  • Tatyana Naumova
    2019-01-24 12:12

    В далеком 2004 году, оказывается, смотрела сериал вместе с мамой, которая большой фанат Рыбакова, из сериала помнила только про домашние способы аборта. В целом поразительно, что впервые, кажется, интересней читать про линию партии, а не про "мир".Также благодаря чтению приятно скоротала поездку от Тверской до Домодедовской: суровый бородатый мужчина скосился в мою книжку и фыркнул, я недоуменно возрилась, а он - "Время каникул, а Панкратов недоволен". Внезапный собеседник читал Шаламова, тут уж, конечно, не каникулы; вспомнили всех про неканикулярность-да и про что говорить утром в субботу в ноябре?

  • Ritsa
    2019-01-27 14:05

    A breathtaking and fascinating book, set in the Soviet Union in the 1930s, the height of Stalinist suppression. Very informative, very moving, it follows a group of young students - who were also Komsomol members - their belief in their country and the fact that they were "building socialism", and the inevitable disillusionment. The Arbat area in Moscow is known as being the bohemian, intellectual quarter (kind of like the Quartier Latin in Paris). A must for anyone interested in historical fiction in general, and Soviet fiction in particular.

  • Beata
    2019-02-11 19:33

    One of the most prominent novels of the years of terror in the Soviet Russia. A must-read for those who are becoming interested in this particular period.

  • Lisa
    2019-01-28 12:09

    Children of the Arbat was a sensation when it first became available to Soviet readers in 1987. A landmark text of glasnost, it was written between 1966 and 1983 but had been suppressed as anti-Stalinist and was therefore distributed only via very risky underground means known in the USSR as samizdat. But during the Perestroika era the novel was released in serial form in newspapers and its sequels 1935 and Other Years (1989), Fear (1990) and Dust & Ashes (1994) became available too. Children of the Arbat, set in the 1930s, is partly autobiographical: like the central character Sasha Pankratov, Anatoli Rybakov (1911-1998) was himself exiled to Siberia for three years.There are three strands to the story: Sasha’s arrest for spurious reasons and his exile to Siberia; life in Moscow as his girlfriend Varya Ivanova waits for his return; and the depiction of Stalin as he plots to cement his power by eliminating all opposition. The title is instructive: the Arbat today is a tourist precinct, a lively hub of commercial activity in the historic heart of Moscow. (It’s the only place I’ve ever been where you are offered a free vodka (neat!) as soon as you walk into a shop!) Before the Soviet era it was a place for artists, intellectuals and academics, and and today as it becomes gentrified it’s still a desirable place to live. But in the Soviet era it was where high-ranking officials lived, and the title of the book refers to the generation born at the time of the Russian Revolution, and by the 1930s were young adults who had grown up believing in its ideals. They were privileged by comparison with most people in the Soviet Union because they had better access to education and opportunity, they were in a position to see the economic progress being made under rapid industrialisation, and they were forgiving of the human cost because they saw it as an unavoidable aspect of the creation of the Soviet State which they wholeheartedly supported. The novel charts the slow disillusionment of this generation as they begin to see the consequences of rule by terror.To read the rest of my review please visit

  • Daria
    2019-02-02 17:19

    В биографии Рыбакова значатся слова : "автор анти-Сталинской тетралогии". Анти-сталинской, только среди повального возвышения вождя во все время существования СССР. На самом деле книга скорее не анти-сталинская, а более правдиво освещяющая реальное положение дел в начале его правления. Там нет активной оппозиционной пропаганды, но присутствует так называемая изнанка тоталитарного режима- все о чем знали, но боялись говорить: доносы среди узкого круга друзей, до абсурности нелепые и тяжелые наказания за любые провинности, лишения того времени и через всю книгу- стремление жить и выживать этой самой арбатской молодежи в лице Вики, Саши. Несмотря на то, что среда романа- 30 годы и всего 13 лет прошло со дня казни императорской семьи- мы видим как мало осталось в обществе со времен царской эпохи, остатки которой активно уничтожались. Только беглые замечания автора на счет "красивой старинной мебели" или "закрытого барского дома, превращенного в кабак" напоминают нам о смене эпох.В первом романе нет законченной сюжетной линии, возможно она раскрывается более полно в последующих частях, однако желания их прочесть не возникло.

  • Mimi
    2019-02-05 19:09

    I am still under the spell of this engaging novel about young adults living on the Arbat in the 1930s and being caught up in the purges. However, it is not only about that topic, but about humans living, loving, fighting, and working. Interestingly, it also gets inside the head of Stalin, which is kind of an icky place to visit. Looking forward to reading the second one.

  • Miles Kelly
    2019-02-07 13:13

    An immense work which gives an absorbing picture of life in the Soviet Union in the 1930's. A number of prominent historical characters feature, including Stalin, but the story is of a group of young people from the Arbat district of Moscow as the country is about to be engulfed in the Purges and the show trials.

  • Ganbat Ganbaatar
    2019-01-31 15:34

    Нийт 3 боть байдгаас нэгдүгээр ботийг нь л уншсан. Сталины дэглэм, 1930-аад оны Оросын тухай Саша Панкратовын амьдарлаар төлөөлүүлэн гаргадаг, маш сонирхолтой ном. Нэрт орчуулагч Орхунт Ц.Гомбосүрэн гуай Монгол ном шиг л сайн буулгасан.

  • Katerina
    2019-02-04 19:09

    The book to read, if you are Russian and if you want to understand your great and grand parents. The book to read to see what made Stalins period such. The book to understand how people fight or not with their destiny.

  • Diane
    2019-02-06 15:12

    I finished this feeling frustrated--so many plot lines left hanging. Then I discovered--with both consternation and delight--that it is the first volume of a tetralogy. Looks as if I will spend the next few months in the company of Stalin!The book is in the mode of the great a 19th century social novels. The action all takes place in 1934 and alternates between political history and the stories of a group of school friends in Moscow from different backgrounds and social classes. Rybatov uses the third person, omniscient point-of-view in order to enter Stalin's mind. He wants to understand Stalin’s reasoning (however warped) to justify the Great Terror of the mid-1930s, and the book ends with an assassination which became a pretext for the purge. Rybatov assumes that readers are familiar with the Russian Revolution and the struggles within the party that followed. So you either need to have a strong background in Soviet history or keep Google handy for background information about historical characters and events. Who knew (certainly not me) about international contest for architectural designs for the Palace of the Soviets? I did know about how people from even formerly privileged classes lived in communal apartments, but Rybatov shows us how characters experienced this life. I have read about the Gulags, but the novel portrays the lives of another group, those who were exiled, but not imprisoned. But it is not just interesting history, but also a good novel with a rich, interwoven plot and complex characterization. Although I prefer to learn my history from fiction, after reading Children of the Arbat, I feel brave enough to tackle that biography of Stalin that has been sitting on my shelf.

  • Brigitte Alouqua
    2019-02-08 14:12

    Moi qui aime faire de nouvelles découvertes, en voici une avec cette réédition d’une saga Russe.J’avais déjà entendu parler de l’auteur, mais sans plus, je n’ai jamais essayé de connaître mieux son univers. Babelio m’en a donné l’occasion lors d’une masse critique.Avec ce livre, nous sommes plongés dans le Moscou des années 30, plus précisément dans un quartier, celui de l’Arbat. Nous suivons un groupe d’amis âgé d’une vingtaine d’années.Mais attention à ne pas vois perdre car, oui nous suivons un petit groupe d’amis, mais nous y décelons deux personnages principaux entourés d’une dizaine d’autres, là où il est facile de se perdre c’est avec les personnages secondaires qui sont très nombreux. Cela m’a d’ailleurs un peu perturbé au départ j’avais peur de ne pas m’y retrouver, mais, si c’est vrai que j’ai eu quelques angoisses à ce niveau, je me suis rapidement habituée malgré tout.La principale chose que j’ai aimée en lisant ce livre, ce n’est pas spécialement les personnages, mais bien le fait de voir les choses de l’intérieur, comme si je me trouvais moi aussi dans cette Russie des années 30 et le régime stalinien. Je peux aller jusqu’à dire que j’en ai franchement plus appris avec ce livre qu’avec tout les documentaires que j’ai pu voir jusque maintenant.J’espère que le tome 2 de cette trilogie sera bientôt réédité lui aussi pour que je puisse continuer. D’après ce que j’ai pu trouver comme infos sur le net, le tome suivant est plus centré sur les grandes purges, mais je n’ai pas encore cherché plus loin, je vais attendre que la réédition paraisse.Ce premier tome est pour moi une très bonne manière d’apprendre, je vous le recommandé d’ailleurs sans hésiter, si je ne me suis pas perdue avec le nombre de personnages, vous y arriverez également 🙂

  • lärm
    2019-01-31 17:32

    It took me a few failed attempts to finish this one. It's not like Rybakov writes in a difficult style, but like most Russian writers he adds such an insane amount of characters to the story that it is difficult to keep track of who is who, especially since Russians tend to use more than one name for the same person. But the way Rybakov describes life under the terror of Stalin.. amazing and so captivating! The bureaucracy, the struggle for power, the struggle for survival, Stalin's paranoia.. it's all there.This is just the first part of a series and the open end leaves me a bit unsatisfied. The fact that it will be a bitch to track down the other parts doesn't add to the overall joy. I want more! And I want it now.

  • Epictetus
    2019-02-11 20:27

    Excellent. I read this to try to get some insight into what it was like to grow up in the Soviet Union, and the lenses through which them that did might now see the world. The book is well written and readable because it has a good pace, but in addition it has an excellent insight into human nature. Thank God I have no experience of living under the regime of refined state-sponsored murder that is a fundamental feature of socialist paradise, but this book gave me an insight into what it was like.I copy below some of my rough notes on reading. By all means contact me for my full notes on this book."Epictetus"189. Why Sasha was arrested. 190. What mattered. ...204. Q. ... dogmatic rigidity of the Party intellectuals. 205. Comment: Steve Jobs as opposite of Communism. 213 #2. Cause and effect. 214 #2. 216 ff229. #6. Why R does not now help his nephew.232. Excess of innocence. Ie naivety. Sasha digs himself deeper. // a turn of his thought causes Sasha to lose all self discipline and to begin to head towards collapse. 235. Lost his courage. 239. ## ... in her own eyes.245. Tacking with the wind257. W style. Catches sight of Sasha, now a prisoner. Emotional surprise to reader. 449. ... Like most Russian intellectuals ....450 #1452-3. Economics498 #0. Stalin’s thoughts on great Russian authors. 498 q. The greatest of all ...---Well said! "Silly and gullible": yes, that was the essence of the people. "Cunning and firmness": the Essenes of _his_ regime. 499 power---"To hold on to power was harder than to seize it".501 (Stalin) "Love of mankind? L'or of mankind was for ditherers, Baptists, and Tolstoyans." -----502 #99503. B. The Hermit by Prince Ilia Chavchavadze. Translated from the Georgian by Marjory Wardrop, London, 1895. 504. Versions of history. How important it is to communists to get the right version, the one truth. 506 #1512 ##99- 513How the bureaucrat really thinks. 516. "The state, that's the religion for the Russian man ...."518. Effect of not getting lost when others do.546. #0559. Stalin ... No man, no problem. 560. And passim. The constant guessing and interpretation of what the slightest event or word really means. Impossible!!562. Stalin never liked people to fuss about behind his back. [The Law of Spikelets or the Law of Three Spikelets (Russian: Закон о трёх колосках) was a common name of the Soviet law to protect state property of kolkhozes. The common name came into use because the law was used to prosecute not only property thieves but also anyone who collected as little as a handful of grain or "spikelets" left behind in the fields after the entire harvest was officially collected and counted.]570. #0594 #99596. Last 2607. Makarenko, “The educational poem”.Yasensky, B. _A Man Changes His Skin_. Gladkov. _Energy_A comment on Gladkov. _Energy_ from Goodreads: “Cement is a very beautifully written book. It is also deeply, massively, disconcerting. I have recently learned the term "gas lighting"; it seems to show up mostly on the internet and describes a method of making a person distrust their own reality by offering and insisting upon a new one. Cement provides a terrifying example. The world you know is not the world of the characters in the book. But that's not by some conscious choice on their part; the rules of the world just work differently.”614. Bureaucratic ritual. Faves change afterwards #615 0635. "One had to know how to separate the personal qualities from the political." C. But what is "the political", in the sense that all these communists use it?646. Dentist is admirable in the way that he asks Stalin a favorite that is for Stalin’s own good. Brave. 659. Boris’ escape. NKVD ask Sasha to inform. Is this a classic Prisoners’ Dilemma?669 #6. Everything was all right, ----

  • Юля Вандзак
    2019-02-06 19:22

    В книзі гарно описані часи коли при владі був Сталін. Гноблення особистості відображено автором в ролі Саші Панкратові. В книзі як на мою думку нівкого із дітей доля не склалася успішно, всі боялися не тільки щось сказати, подумати. Можна багто на цю тему писати, впринципі в мене в голові не вкладується як за те що кухар в меню назвав борщ "Щи ленивые" вислали в Сибір.....Якщо чесно із книг на таку тематику більше сподобалась "Сад Гетсиманський" Багряного, цим твором я більше жила і переживала разом з героями.

  • vhatos
    2019-01-30 12:16

    Напевно, головний твір часів перебудови в СРСР. У романі описано важку атмосферу доносів, переслідувань у 30-роки минулого століття, всесильність та безжальність каральних органів, трагічну долю чесних молодих людей того часу. Тепер відомо, що автор писав роман десятиліттями і лишу суспільні зміни дали можливість опублікувати його.

  • bgea
    2019-01-20 12:08

    For me, this work as a literary work of art, as a novel cannot be evaluated or appreciated.On the other hand, it is an indisputable merit that at the time of its appearance in the Soviet Union it served as an enlightening work about the horrors of the Stalin era to those who could not obtain credible information elsewhere.

  • Mikita Bychkou
    2019-02-02 15:24

    Книга полностью переносит читателя в СССР 1934 года. Настолько, что невольно даже начинаешь оглядываться по сторонам. С удовольствием приступлю к чтению второй части.

  • Matt Mayevsky
    2019-01-30 19:28

    Отзывы в 3 баллах: 1. Ясность пара-документа 2. Честность во времена сталинизма и сталинизма во времена злобностьи 3. Соображения сукин сына или «Трактат о власти»

  • AZ Nick
    2019-02-11 20:10

    I really enjoyed following the story line of Sasha Pankratov. I was not particularly interested in the fictional characterization of Stalin and his inner circle.

  • Paulo Jan
    2019-02-10 13:06

    I strongly recommend d this book for those who are really interested on achieving an understanding about the Soviet Union , because the account introduces uncommon informations that sound quite curious , beyond those typical stereotypes ( but doesn't undone them)The character Sacha contributes so much for such understanding as he lives his new life in Siberia , that doesn't seem just sad but also very emotional and transforming.I appreciated also the dialogues and monologues of Stalin - Ribakov was so inspired to describe how he thought and acted.Probably I will not be able to read all the trilogy , but I really would love to.

  • Lora Grigorova
    2019-02-14 17:22

    Децата на Арбат:“Онези, които изпращат хората на заточение, се заблуждават като смятат, че така могат да прекършат човека. Могат да го убият, но не могат да го прекършат.”Руската литература ми е една от любимите. Но когато става дума за руска, и при това анти-съветска литература, изпадам в малък литературен оргазъм.Спомням си бегло, че когато бях първа година в университета, имах да пиша есе на политико-историческа тема. Писах за Сталин и неговата политика, противопоставяйки я на тази на Ленин и анализирайки разликите между марксизма на теория и на практика. Почти нищо не си спомням от заключенията, до които стигнах, но това, което се е запечатало в главата ми, е представата за Сталин като за един зъл гений. Зъл, но гений.Логичното нещо след “Колимски разкази” (и моето прекалено драматично ревю от тогава) ми се струва, че е романът “Децата на Арбат” на Анатолий Рибаков. Докато “Колимски разкази” представя животa в лагерите, то Рибаков рисува една различна и по-непозната картина – животa в заточение през 30те години на 20ти век. Заточението е нещо средно между нормален живот и лагер. В заточение мечтите и надеждите за по-добър живот са възможни и позволени. В заточение успяваш да се свързваш с близките си и да получаваш вести от тях. В заточение не си затворен и не си подложен на къртовски труд. Но все пак си изпратен в далечния Сибир, сам сред непознати, оставен да търсиш смисъл на живота си всеки един ден.Саша Панкратов е едно от “Децата на Арбат” – първото съветско поколeние родено, когато социализмът от исторически епизод се превръща в историческа даденост, и израсло изцяло под шапката на партията. Саша вярва в партията и обича комунизма до момента, в който същата тази партия и същият този комунизъм го изпращат на заточение за нищо и никакво провинениe. Тогава точно Саша трябва да се изправи пред всичко, в което безпрекословно е вярвал, да открие въпреки себе си недостатъците на партията и да намери някакъв смисъл да продължи.Прочети повече:

  • Chris
    2019-01-31 20:17

    It took me a little while to decide on whether I wanted to give this novel four or five stars. My argument for going with fewer stars boiled down to Rybakov's not following "show, don't tell" dictum - too much time was spent on describing the internal state of his characters, states which were evident in their actions. This became particularly intrusive when the narrator's omniscience extended to Stalin. The pages devoted to Stalin's internal monologues, making explicit the paranoia and cynicism which pervade the novel, were a distraction. To be clear, using Stalin as a dramatic persona worked well, but the exploration of his psychology was overkill - his psychology looms over the whole of the story. In general, it feels like this book could have used an editor or a writing group to help trim some of the fat. That said, this novel was written over 30 years, was officially suppressed, and was circulated until the mid-80s as samizdat. Given the historical circumstances, giving to a few people to read for feedback probably wasn't an option.Criticism aside, this is the best fictional account of Soviet Russia in the 1930s that I've read. Whereas most novels of this period wallow in the muddy tones of fear and oppression, Rybakov's novel sparkles in its lively depiction of everyday life in that time - the life of Moscow's streets and nightlife, the politics of school and work, even the monotony of prison and exile to the taiga. Fear is not the central driver in Children of the Arbat. The protagonists are moved by petty jealousies, ambition, love - indeed, the full range of human emotions. We are reminded that even in the most bleak of historical circumstances, humans lived full, rich lives, even when they were sharply circumscribed. Unlike other accounts, this is not a novel about oppression - it's about human beings trying to live their lives under conditions of oppression, and the novel is driven by these human beings.In the end, I fell in love with the characters and could not put the book down. I was even sad when it ended, and immediately ordered the next installment of the trilogy. And for that, this novel deserves 5 stars.