How the Steel Was Tempered is one of the greatest novels of the Soviet era, an autobiographical novel by the Soviet writer Nikolai Alekseevich Ostrovsky. This immortal work was filmed several times.
Ostrovsky, bedridden, practically blind, wrote this novel first by ‘transporter’, and then under dictation, pondering each phrase for a long time … Immediately after its publication, the work gained great popularity.
“The most precious thing a person has is life. It is given to him once, and he must live it so that it does not hurt excruciatingly for the years spent aimlessly, so that he does not burn shame for the petty and petty past, so that, dying, he can say: all life and all strength were given to the most beautiful in the world — the struggle for the liberation of humanity. And we must hurry to live. After all, an absurd illness or some tragic accident can interrupt it. ‘
‘How the Steel Was Tempered’, Nikolay Ostrovsky