Welcome you to the famous Coney Island, where Maxim Gorky takes us on a surreal, whirlwind tour of the sights and sounds of America’s Summer Playground. Things looked mighty strange to the visiting Russian, but through his lens we are treated to an honest assessment of mass entertainment in ‘the fantastic city all afire.’ Featuring beautiful illustrations by New York-based artist Alex Citrin.
Maxim Gorky (Alexei Maximovich Peshkov) was a journalist and writer. He was arrested several times for his public opposing to the Tsarist regime. He was friends with all the Russian luminaries of the time and in 1906 was sent by the Bolsheviks to the United States on a fundraising trip. It was during his 1907 visit to New York that he composed the essay, ‘Boredom’. Although there are mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, fans can rest assured that Gorky was well looked after by Stalin and Molotov, who were among those who carried the coffin during his funeral.