Jack London. Martin Eden (in English, in the original)

Martin Iden by Jack London

Martin Eden, Jack London’s semiautobiographical novel about a struggling young writer, is considered by many to be the author’s most mature work. Personifying London’s own dreams of education and literary fame as a young man in San Francisco, Martin Eden’s impassioned but ultimately ineffective battle to overcome his bleak circumstances makes him one of the most memorable and poignant characters Jack London ever created. «In Martin, (London) created one of the great twisted heroes of American literature . . . a hero doomed from the outset because his own passions are bigger and more complicated than any man could bear.»

Synopsys / Содержание

The semiautobiographical Martin Eden is the most vital and original character Jack London ever created.

Set in San Francisco, this is the story of Martin Eden, an impoverished seaman who pursues, obsessively and aggressively, dreams of education and literary fame. London, dissatisfied with the rewards of his own success, intended Martin Eden as an attack on individualism and a criticism of ambition; however, much of its status as a classic has been conferred by admirers of its ambitious protagonist.

Martin Iden (read online in English, in the original)

The one opened the door with a latch-key and went in, followed by a young fellow who awkwardly removed his cap.  He wore rough clothes that smacked of the sea, and he was manifestly out of place in the spacious hall in which he found himself.  He did not know what to do with his cap, and was stuffing it into his coat pocket when the other took it from him.  The act was done quietly and naturally, and the awkward young fellow appreciated it.  “He understands,” was his thought.  “He’ll see me through all right.”

He walked at the other’s heels with a swing to his shoulders, and his legs spread unwittingly, as if the level floors were tilting up and sinking down to the heave and lunge of the sea.  The wide rooms seemed too narrow for his rolling gait, and to himself he was in terror lest his broad shoulders should collide with the doorways or sweep the bric-a-brac from the low mantel.  He recoiled from side to side between the various objects and multiplied the hazards that in reality lodged only in his mind.

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Мартин Иден (читать онлайн на русском языке)

Он отпер дверь своим ключом и вошел, а следом, в смущении сдернув кепку, шагнул молодой парень. Что-то в его грубой одежде сразу же выдавало моряка, и в просторном холле, где они оказались, он был явно не к месту. Он не знал, куда девать кепку, стал было засовывать ее в карман пиджака, но тот, другой, отобрал ее. Отобрал спокойно, естественно, и парень, которому тут, видно, было не по себе, в душе поблагодарил его. «Понимает, – подумал он. – Поможет, все обойдется».

Парень враскачку шел за тем, другим, невольно расставляя ноги, словно этот ровный пол то, кренясь, взмывал на волне, то ухал вниз. Шел вперевалку, и большие комнаты становились тесными, и страх его брал, как бы не задеть широкими плечами дверной косяк, не скинуть какую-нибудь дорогую вещицу с низкой каминной полки. Он шарахался то вправо, то влево и лишь умножал опасности, что мерещились ему на каждом шагу.

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