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Trans. by John Wexley. New York: International Publishers, ca. 1935. 12mo. 283 p. 1st American ed. [20593]

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According to the publisher: "The joy of work and life is the keynote of this autobiographical novel by a railroad engineer at Magnitogorsk. The author is the only remaining member of a family which was wiped out under the weight of inhuman exploitation and oppression in pre-revolutionary Russia. He lives through the early years of the Revolution as a homeless waif and a leader of the underworld. A remarkable transformation is wrought in the former thief at the Commune of Homeless Waifs. Here he learns a trade and social responsibility in the new land. The second part of the novel reveals the creation of a new man at Magnitogorsk, one of the industrial giants of the First Five-Year Plan".


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