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Rnal viceYama The Hell Hole is uniue Other writers have taken prostitutes for their characters Kuprin has taken the evil of prostitution itself Although he writes of a brothel in a Russian city his moral is not limited to a time and a place Change rubles to dollars move from Yama to the Chicago slums Kuprin's ever honest ever brilliant picture of the ancient business of selling women's bodies for profit still holds its universal meaningWhen the book was first published the Russian censorship mutilated it beyond recognition. Upton Sinclair eat your heart outOne of the most genious aspects about this book is that Kuprin writes about prostitution from a confined perspective There s almost no respite from being hand bound to their circumstances and home And he is also an effective dramatist He makes a funny and light introduction before bringing in heavier material He shaped the book so well that the few parts that are sentimental and dramatic work He knows how to play off characters and counterpoint the action so it s not sappy mono thematic drool The psychology is wonderful too The women are human and interesting They are the ones who keep you interested in the story the ones you most sympathize with the dregs of societyReally amazing book Sinclair would have done well to have read this one

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Kuprin was the object of a scurrilous attack in the press he was called a corrupter of youth His book was denounced as pornography Few could face the bitter truth of what he had written Some touching letters from professional prostitutes were the author's first recognition that he had accurately described the hell in which these tormented women existed Today nearly three million copies have been sold in than fifteen different languages and it is a foregone conclusion that Yama will live forever among the world's great books. Surely one of the most important novels of prostitution ever written and there have been loads but even with flaws it s five stars from me It s interesting to set this book alongside the modern movement to decriminalize and legitimize sex work as a valid choice if entered into freely Here s where liberated prostitution human trafficking part ways down there in the Pit However the women of Yama often do sneak empowerment where they can find it I was chilled by Jennie s self sabotaging desire for vengeance against her johns My main complaint is Kuprin appears to get flummoxed by the task of writing about female characters too early on and shifts focus to a group of male university students plus inserts himself as the genius scribe Platonov The lengthy section on Liuba and her Pygmalion also started to wear on me Despite a few faults and despite the subject matter there are many surprisingly lighthearted moments lively dancing sisterly affection between women brothel customers who add entertainment value romances with young men on the outside

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With an insight and compassion reminiscent of the great French masters of literature Alexander Kuprin probes the sin ridden lives of the inmates of Yama The result is a daring world famous classic which runs the gamut of human emotions from the heart wrenching sacrifice of an afflicted prostitute to the wanton desires of the most degraded manThis book will shock you into an awareness of a great social evil It will also arouse your deepest sympathy for the plight of those unfortunate women who are the victims of our most ete. More awful than all awful words a hundredfold awful is some such little prosaic stroke or other as will suddenly knock you all in a heap like a blow on the forehead said the one of the characters about the gift of a writer And that is exactly what this novel did to me multiple times It is set in a brothel in a South city of K I think it is Kiev Some people think it is Odessa But the location is not that important It is about the life of these women and their clients during one day and night and then during the following next months Kuprin s power of observation is enormous He pays a lot of attention to the background But eually within uite limited space he creates a bunch of characters so realistic so vivid that one can almost touch them said by Chukovsky Tolstoy said it is full of dirt Some others criticise him for idealising the prostitutes I did not see any idealisation at all Only if idealisation means giving them back their humanity Kuprin clearly shows that in majority of cases there is no way out for these women But there is no cheap sympathy in this novel In fact Kuprin shows that these attempts of artificial empathy lead to disaster that the desire of superficial understanding would end up in a caricature or additional humiliation There are many extremely poignant moments in the novel A young woman finds out she has got a terrible disease She decides to take a revenge on men through her clients by passing it over She does it until a very young cadet the one of her semi permanent clients arrives and she decides to spare him She just does And she is totally at loss why There is another moment when a student is reading Prevost s Manon Lescaut to a girl who has temporarily escaped And the girl is angry with the heroine for being unfaithful There are many other such nuggets of their life Majority of them hate their clients but they are full of love which they turn to each other Both emotionally and physically I could not believe that such thing is mentioned at that time Kuprin must be incredibly brave Of course judging by our standards of 21th century I would like this theme be visible But 100 years ago it was probably a total anathema There is an episodic but important character Platonov who is clearly a mouthpiece for the author I wish this would be done in a subtle way from the literary point of view but i can forgive Kuprin for this This character has spend a lot of time in this brothel just being there with these girls their management guards doctors etc He is saying a shocking but very profound thing No horrible are the everyday accustomed trifles these business like daily commercial reckonings this thousand year old science of amatory practice this prosaic usage determined by the ages In these unnoticeable nothings are completely dissolved such feelings as resentment humiliation shame There remains a dry profession a contract an agreement a well nigh honest petty trade no better no worse than say the trade in groceries Do you understand gentlemen that all the horror is in just this that there is no horror Bourgeois work days and that is all And I am thinking is it good or is it bad when sex becomes a business It is that such life becomes a kind of normality the same I imagine like in a war zone or maybe actually the same like going to an office everyday One just has to live their life I guess to still feel dignityWhat strikes me is how universal this novel and how modern it is It has written in 1908 1915 and maybe there is no legal brothels in the majority of places now But none of the issues he has raised disappeared There are still human trafficking sex trade and the industry of sex workers There are periodic discussion of legalising sex trade It seems when brothels were legal 100 years ago it did not seem the solution for the problem I do not know enough about the current debate But what i know that often when we talk about these things we forget that there are uniue human destinies behind each particular case Sounds like a cliche i know And this novel is a powerful reminder And sometimes when people write about these things now it reads like ticking the boxes rather than what Kuprin has done I admire your literary genius and your profound humanity In particular you possess a rare and very special gift making the whole groups of people come alive on the pages of your books It tells about you as a human being who can ascend one the achievements of the epoch and see through them Reading the one or another page of Yama i was extrapolating its meaning over the whole of Europe this huge brothel on the age of a catastrophe from the letter to Kuprin from Romain Rolland PSI ve read in Russian but the novel is available in English on line


10 thoughts on “Яма AUTHOR Aleksandr Kuprin

  1. says:

    More awful than all awful words a hundredfold awful is some such little prosaic stroke or other as will suddenly knock you all in a heap like a blow on the forehead said the one of the characters about the gift of a writer And that is exactly what this novel did to me multiple times It is set in a brothel in a South city of K I think it is K

  2. says:

    A great powerful book about prostitution in the beginning of the 20th century We get to know a variety of girls who are caught in the pit on the bottom of society and the clients that come to them Kuprin does a great job introducing us to who they are and what their life is aboutWe get to look into the society and people

  3. says:

    Such a powerful novel It saddens me that so few people have even heard of this novel and of Kuprin 'Yama The Pit' tells about a brothel in Tsarist Russia and yes it's damn depressing but at the same time written with such honesty c

  4. says:

    I am reading this book in Russian while listening to an excellent audio book I am enjoying the book and I import it chapte

  5. says:

    An excellent though very depressing account of life in a brothel in Tsarist Russia I had never heard of this author before and only discovered this book through a perusal of ebooks available at this site Mobileread ebook library I would rate Alexandre Kuprin right up there with the other greats of Russian literature

  6. says:

    Upton Sinclair eat your heart outOne of the most genious aspects about this book is that Kuprin writes about prostitution from a confi

  7. says:

    Welcome to the Pit Yama Kuprin opens a door to the brothel leads reader by the hand offers to take a seat right in the hall center and tells with his simple fluent prose about the side of humanity which always remains in shadowsMany sidestep this pit and pretend with their eyes closed that this world does not exist at all

  8. says:

    Can I give this book one billion stars? The whole universe of stars? Having bought tickets to the same called play I decided to read the original source first It wasn’t my first encounter with Kuprin since I read some of his stories while studying at school They made controversial impression on me I loved ‘Garnet Bracelet’ and hated ‘Olesya’ So I didn’t know what to expect from this novel with so p

  9. says:

    Surely one of the most important novels of prostitution ever written and there have been loads but even with flaws it's five stars from me It's interesting to set this book alongside the modern movement to decriminalize and

  10. says:

    I didn't want the story to end it just swallowed me and wasn't going to release The highs and lows of rock bottom as it is and you cannot stop to know what is happening next And what was afterwards with Luba? I didn't like her character first but when she showed one there was no way of disrespecting her For sure you will pity for every girl and hate every manAnd what I liked the most about this book it has very light style No m