Maxim Gorky Inspired Nizhny Novgorod Fantasy Travel Poetry and Prose

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better provide something to read then
so here’s another episode of XaW Files
passing some time and words, if not miles.

Cover of "Being John Malkovich"

Cover of Being John Malkovich

Hi, it’s G.G. Howling, fiction writing correspondent at the greenYgrey inspired by legendary Harry Potter wizard writer J.K. Rowling. It looks as if the greenYgrey is getting into the Russian golden age style of writing after all this time fantasy travelling and writing across the country, and the plot deepens in Maxim Gorky’s Nizhny Novgorod… or does it?.. or does it not?.. Russian golden age of writing style…

It also seems to be inspired by more recent American fiction films, such as Being John Malkovich and Vanilla Sky, and old Beano comic heroes The Numskulls.

XaW Files Chapter 1 Episode 19

English: Monument on the grave of grand-mother...

English: Monument on the grave of grand-mother of Maxim Gorky in Nizhny Novgorod, Kulibina Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nizhny Novgorod had a nice ring to it, and three in its second word; five if you count the rings in the g and d. Ah yes, the g is there, although quietly tucked into the middle of the second word. It is N that enjoys the G’s prominent places in GreenyGrey. However, the Y has now erupted out of the Gs in greenYgrey. Nizhny has a Y in a similar place to the Greeny one, but it is just a normal y, and is the only one, with Novgorod Yless.

Maxim Gorky

It was also the birthplace of Gorky, another writer of the Russian golden age of literature. While Gorky has a nice Greeny look, it in fact means ‘bitter’ in Russian, and was chosen by the man born  “Aleksey Maksimovich Peshkov”, along with his Maxim first name.

Maxim also means ‘an expression of a general truth or principle’, and with my search for our Andy Wolfhol ongoing, and his ‘Wolf not War’ maxim still my biggest clue as to his likely w(h)ereabouts, I thought I should head into the city that was called Gorky in Maxim’s honour between 1932 and 1990.

Flying Nizhny Novgorod – Gorky

English: Monument to Maxim Gorky (Russian writ...

English: Monument to Maxim Gorky (Russian writer) in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I circled Novgorod five times, before entering through the end of the word. I passed through the d and o circles like greenYgrey thread between the eyes of needles, side-stepped around the r, flew through the next o at an angle, before finally leaving the word through the g.

It was 1935,
3 years into Gorky,
Maxim’s 67th birthday,
79 years back in time for me.

Asking Maxim about Andy’s Maxim 

I landed like an ordinary everyday object unconsciously placed somewhere out of the way.  Lost. As if I stood somewhere where nobody would look. Yet I remembered that I was the seeker, and I had chosen this journey.

I was looking for our Andy Warhol. And he had a maxim. An important maxim. It was ‘Wolf not War’.

Anton Chekhov and Gorky. 1900, Yalta.

Anton Chekhov and Gorky. 1900, Yalta. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I lost my balance, falling loudly into Gorky’s sub-conscious, like a suddenly remembered long-lost fictional character based on a well-remembered real person from an itinerant past.

‘Maxim,’ I said, ‘Have you seen our Andy Wolfhol, or heard his favourite maxim, Wolf not War? Something has brought me to Gorky, and I think it must be something to do with this story’s plot. Chekhov’s Gun says that something that is shown in a story should be used.’

Gorky Parks Ideas to Make Their Mark 

English: Maxim Gorky Street Русский: Улица Гор...

English: Maxim Gorky Street (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I waited a little while before receiving an answer from The Lower Depths of Gorky, ‘You must first find out if you are a character or plot driven story. Sometimes there is no beginning, middle or end. You should know that, for your first fantasy travel across North America was character driven, while your second one over all the regions of Oz had a plot.’

There was so much happiness around,
I saw bright lights illuminating underground,
but I also found lost hopes that never materialised,
as Gorky aged an orphan traumatised,
not living long enough to meet our Andy Warhol,
and hear his werewolf call,
his city renamed Nizhny Novgorod,
before the howler of ‘Wolf not War’ that way may have trod.

References

Wikipedia: Alexei Maximovich Peshkov (Russian: Алексе́й Макси́мович Пешко́в or Пе́шков;[1] 28 March 1868 – 18 June 1936), primarily known as Maxim (Maksim) Gorky (Russian: Макси́м Го́рькій or Го́рький), was a Russian and Soviet writer, a founder of the Socialist realism literary method and a political activist.

Theatredatabase: Gorky‘s The Lower Depths is rather a picture, or a series of pictures, than what we are accustomed to consider a play. It has no plot — that is, a developed story with a beginning, a middle, and an end — it comprises a few more or less disjointed incidents. The writer’s purpose is merely to show a number of characters, their motives and their thoughts; he gives them certain situations as background, and not for any inherent interest that may be in them.

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