The Seven Who Were Hanged is a novel by Russian author Leonid Nikolayevich Andreyev, an acclaimed Russian playwright and writer of short fiction, who was noted for the darkness in his work.
The Seven Who Were Hanged depicts the fates of five leftist revolutionaries foiled in their attack and two common peasants who have received death sentences. These condemned people are awaiting their executions by hanging. In prison, each of the prisoners deals with his fate in his or her own way.
"I am very glad that "The Story of the Seven Who Were Hanged" will be read in English. The misfortune of us all is that we know so little, even nothing, about one another—neither about the soul, nor the life, the sufferings, the habits, the inclinations, the aspirations of one another. Literature, which I have the honor to serve, is dear to me just because the noblest task it sets before itself is that of wiping out boundaries and distances." -- Leonid Andreyev, in a letter to Herman Bernstein.
The Seven Who Were Hanged was first published in 1908. The English version was translated by Herman Bernstein and published in 1909.
Also available as audiobook, total running time: 3 hours, 36 min. Reading by Carolin Kaiser.
Leonid Nikolaievich Andreyev (1871-1919) was a Russian playwright, novelist and short-story writer. He is one of the most talented and prolific representatives of the Silver Age period in Russian history. Andreyev's style combines elements of realist, naturalist and symbolist schools in literature.