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The Kreutzer Sonata

The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
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Leo Tolstoy's "The Kreutzer Sonata" is a powerful and thought-provoking novel that delves into themes of love, jealousy, and the destructive nature of possessiveness. The story follows the protagonist Pozdnyshev as he recounts the events that led to his violent outburst and the murder of his wife.

Tolstoy's writing is evocative and raw, pulling the reader into the depths of Pozdnyshev's despair and disillusionment with love and marriage. The novel challenges societal norms and expectations, painting a grim picture of the consequences of unchecked passion and possessiveness.

The themes explored in "The Kreutzer Sonata" are still relevant today, making it a timeless classic that continues to resonate with readers. Tolstoy's exploration of human nature and the complexities of relationships is both thought-provoking and harrowing, leaving a lasting impact on those who read it.

Book Description:
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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