The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)

The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)

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By: Leo Tolstoy

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One of the world's greatest novelists, Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) also wrote numerous excellent short stories, three of which are contained in this volume. "The Kreutzer Sonata" (1891) is a penetrating study of jealousy as well as a splenetic complaint about the way in which society educates young men and women in matters of sex. In "The Death of Ivan Ilych" (1886), a symbolic Everyman discovers the inner light of faith and love only when confronted by death. "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" (1886) is a simple, didactic story of peasant life, written by Tolstoy in the wake of a spiritual crisis. All three tales offer readers a splendid introduction to Tolstoy's work as well as the focused delights of the short story form brought to a pinnacle in the hands of a master.

For those who have never heard of this short novel by Tolstoy, be prepared - it is a fascinating story, but one of the most depressing depictions of marriage ever. Even as the narrator says horrible things about marriage and relationships, however, you find yourself agreeing with some of what he says. This little book had great reception in the US when it was published and won Tolstoy a lot of American admirers, some of whom wrote an even visited him.

- aiyana_carter

The highlight of this book for me had to be re-reading "The Death of Ivan Ilych" again after all these years. I read it for the first time years and years ago as required reading in middle school and this is the first time that I have come back to it since that time. I found myself unsurprisingly better equipped to read and appreciate this story now and was exceptionally pleased to have read it again.

This edition contains three short stories that were written after Tolstoy made his conversion to intense Christian beliefs. They are interesting to read together, particularly given the common theme about characters with mistaken ideas about what will bring them contentment.

"How Much Land Does a Man Need?" is a parable which examines greed and contentment through the story of a peasant who believes that he would be satisfied with his life if only he had a little bit more land.

"The Death of Ivan Ilych" tells the history of an outwardly prosperous but spiritually empty man who dies at the age of 45 after a fall in his home.

In "The Kreutzer Sonata" a man on a train relates to a fellow passenger what the circumstances were that led to the murder of his wife.

It is, at the very least, important to read these stories. The Kreutzer Sonata is particularly important in the history of literature. At its release, it was banned throughout much of Europe for indecency and has been inspiring debate about feminist issues and women characters in literature ever since that time.

The translation used in the Dover Thrift edition is competent, but has its awkward moments and is occasionally clunky and obtuse. I might personally recommend buying a different edition if you are planning a purchase.

- alanna_nelson

Tolstoy is Tolstoy. But there are a lot of errors in this kindle edition, which makes this version super annoying and makes me feel that the translation is off, even though I don't know Russian. It seems they scanned an old print version to digitize this and words got mangled. I would pay more for a better version.

- lincoln_green

A classic, beautiful, astonishing contemporary.

- emmalynn_mendoza

Tolstoy would have to be one of the greatest writers of all time. This collection will not disappoint.

- kaleb_wood

Powerful writing.

- lara_collins

The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy is a masterpiece. The book is short and is composed of three short stories. They are all sad, but unforgetable. I highly recommend this book for serious readers and for those who wish to become acquainted with the writings of Tolstoy.

- noemi_evans

classik macterpiece. love it.

- cecilia_ortiz

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