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The Kreutzer Sonata

The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
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Publication of The Kreutzer Sonata in 1889 was a significant intellectual event worldwide. Censored in Russia, it set off an explosive debate in Europe, America, and Asia on matters relating to sexual abstinence and the hypocrisy of marriage. The novella emphasizes Tolstoy's controversial view on sexuality, which asserts that physical desire is an obstacle to relations between men and women and may result in tragedy. The Kreutzer Sonata has been recognized as among the best examples of Tolstoy's art of storytelling.(Introduction by Dorlene Kaplan)

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THE KREUTZER SONATA AND OTHER STORIES

By Count Leo Tolstoi

Author of "Resurrection," "Life is Worth Living," "Ivan the Fool," Etc.

CONTENTS.

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE.

KREUTZER SONATA.

IVAN THE FOOL.

A LOST OPPORTUNITY.

POLIKUSHKA

THE CANDLE.

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE.

On comparing with the original Russian some English translations of Count Tolstoi's works, published both in this country and in England, I concluded that they were far from being accurate. The majority of them were retranslations from the French, and I found that the respective transitions through which they had passed tended to obliterate many of the beauties of the Russian language and of the peculiar characteristics of Russian life. A satisfactory translation can be made only by one who understands the language and SPIRIT of the Russian people. As Tolstoi's writings contain so many idioms it is not an easy task to render them into intelligible English, and the one who successfully accomplishes this must be a native of Russia, commanding the English and Russian languages with equal fluency... Continue reading book >>


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