||A novel by N G Garin-Mikhaĭlovskiĭ, which was translated into Yiddish by Mark Razumni, under the editorial supervision of
The Russian Engineer N.G. Mikhailovskii (1852-1906) was also an accomplished author using the pseudonym "N.G. Garin". He graduated from the Engineering Institute in 1878 and worked in the Ministry of Communications on and off for many years. A talented engineer, he participated in the building of the Siberian and Batum railroads and other projects. Influenced by Populism,Garin also tried his hand at agrarian reforms; he bought various estates and tried to run them rationally.
In 1890, he published "A few years in the village", a cycle of sketches in which he describes his farming experiences. From 1892 he devoted himself to literature, mortaging his estate to join a group headed by the critic N.K. Mikhailovsky.
IN the peasant stories of the 1890's, Garin turned to describing the misery,ignorance and poverty of village life. By the mid 1890's ., Garin broke off with the Populists and began to collaborate with the Marxists. In his stories, Garin often discussed controversial subjects: discrimination against Jews, debasement of women, abuse of children and yet his work was imbued with optimisn and faith for a better future.