?How truth thickens and deepens when it migrates from didactic fable to the raw experience of a visceral awakening is one of the thrills of Tolstoy?s stories? Sharon Cameron in her preface to The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories This second volume of Tolstoy?s shorter fiction, selected by the critic Sharon Cameron, contains ?Family Happiness?, ?The Devil? and ?The Kreutzer Sonata?, three of Tolstoy?s unhappy-marriage stories as well as ?Father Sergius?, a story of a loss of identity in ambitious pursuit of holy virtue and ?Master and Man?. Tolstoy?s antidotes to delusion, fear, jealousy and even madness have an ethical thread pulled through the fabric of different themes and genres. This riverrun edition reissues the translation of Louise and Aylmer Maude, whose influential versions of Tolstoy first brought his work to a wide readership in English.
?How truth thickens and deepens when it migrates from didactic fable to the raw experience of a visceral awakening is one of the thrills of Tolstoy?s stories? Sharon Cameron in her preface to The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories Tolstoy wrote in many genres for different audiences. In this, the first of three volumes of his shorter fiction chosen and introduced by the critic Sharon Cameron, we see works originally written for children, like ?God Sees the Truth But Waits?, and ?A Prisoner in the Caucasus?. They stand alongside others which show his range and accomplishment, including an early story based on his experiences in the Crimean war, ?Sevastopol in May?, and the visceral intensity of one of his greatest works, ?The Death of Ivan Ilych?. This riverrun edition reissues the translation of Louise and Aylmer Maude, whose influential versions of Tolstoy first brought his work to a wide readership in English.
?How truth thickens and deepens when it migrates from didactic fable to the raw experience of a visceral awakening is one of the thrills of Tolstoy?s stories? Sharon Cameron in her preface to Hadji Murad and Other Stories This, the third volume of Tolstoy?s shorter fiction concentrates on his later stories, including one of his greatest, ?Hadji Murad?. In the stark form of homily that shapes these later works, life considered as one?s own has no rational meaning. From the chain of events that follows in the wake of two schoolboys? deception in ?The Forged Coupon? to the disillusionment of the narrator in ?After the Ball? we see, in Virginia Woolf?s observation, that Tolstoy puts at the centre of his writing one ?who gathers into himself all experience, turns the world round between his fingers, and never ceases to ask, even as he enjoys it, what is the meaning of it?. The riverrun edition reissues the translation of Louise and Aylmer Maude, whose influential versions of Tolstoy first brought his work to a wide readership in English.
COUNT LEO TOLSTOY (1828-1910) is best known for War and Peace and Anna Karenina, commonly regarded as amongst the greatest novels ever written. He also, however, wrote many masterly short stories, and this volume contains four of the longest and best in distinguished translations that have stood the test of time. In the early story Family Happiness, Tolstoy explores courtship and marriage from the point of view of a young wife. In The Kreutzer Sonata he gives us a terrifying study of marital breakdown, in The Devil a powerful depiction of the power of sexual temptation, and, in perhaps the finest of all, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, he portrays the long agony of a man gradually coming to terms with his own mortality. This volume also includes an Introduction and Notes written specially for this Wordsworth edition by Dr Tim Cook, formely lecturer in literature at the Universities of Kingston and Ulster. Previous work contributed by Dr Cook for Wordsworth includes an introduction and notes to Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby.
A parable of a Russian peasant's bargain with the devil - considered by James Joyce to be the world's greatest story.
Over the last fifteen years of his life, Tolstoy collected and published the maxims of some of the world?s greatest masters of philosophy, religion and literature, adding his own contributions to various questions that preoccupied him in old age, such as faith and existence, as well as matters of everyday life. Banned in Russia under Communism, A Calendar of Wisdom was Tolstoy?s last major work, and one of his most popular both during and after his lifetime. This new translation by Roger Cockrell will offer today?s generation of readers the chance to discover, day by day, these edifying and carefully selected pearls of wisdom.
The judge Ivan Ilyich Golovin has spent his life in the pursuit of wealth and status, devoting himself obsessively to work and often neglecting his family in the process. When, after a small accident, he fails to make the expected recovery, it gradually becomes clear that he is soon to die. Ivan Ilyich then starts to question the futility and barrenness of his previous existence, realizing to his horror, as he grapples with the meaning of life and death, that he is totally alone. Included in this volume is another celebrated novella by Tolstoy, The Devil, which addresses the conflicts between desire, social norms and personal conscience, providing at the same time a further exploration of human fear and obsession.
In order to repay a small debt, the young student Mitya is persuaded by a friend to falsify a bank bond and cash it in. Little does he suspect that this small misdemeanour will have a profound impact on the lives of many other people around him ? indirectly even leading to the gravest of crimes. This in turn sets off a long journey towards redemption and rehabilitation. Published only in 1911, after Tolstoy?s death, The Forged Coupon examines the deep, unpredictable consequences of every human act, revealing the Russian master?s moral preoccupations in the last years of his life, as well as his rejection of Christianity?s simplistic division between good and evil.
One of Tolstoy?s last published works of fiction, The Devil revolves around the young landowner Yevgeny?s irrepressible lust for Stepanida, a sensual peasant woman. Even when he gets married to a respectable upper-class lady, he finds himself unable to put an end to his encounters with Stepanida, and becomes increasingly consumed by guilt and helplessness in the face of his urges. In some ways comparable to the controversial Kreutzer Sonata, The Devil shows Tolstoy at his most salacious, and addresses the conflicts between desire, social norms and personal conscience. Also included in this volume is Family Happiness, one of Tolstoy?s earliest works, an entertaining and cynical account of marriage from the perspective of a disillusioned wife, and A Landowner?s Morning.
This trilogy of short novels, taken as a whole, recounts the young narrator?s early life up to his university days, each episode told through the perceptions, points of view and emotions felt by the protagonist at the time. Based on Tolstoy?s own life and experiences, this fictionalized account of a young man growing into the world combines anecdote with frank personal assessment and philosophical extrapolation, as the author?s Stendhalian take on the confessional genre confronts and blurs the notions of reality and imagination. Tolstoy?s first published work, which launched him on a successful writing career, Childhood, Boyhood, Youth ? besides offering an early display of his storytelling and stylistic abilities ? provides the reader with invaluable insight into the personal and literary development of one of the greatest writers of all time.