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Redemption and two other plays   By: (1828-1910)

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Redemption and Two Other Plays by Leo Tolstoy is a thought-provoking collection that exemplifies the author's philosophical and moral beliefs. While Tolstoy is best known for his epic novels, this compilation showcases his proficiency in the dramatic form, captivating readers with its introspective themes and vibrant characters.

The first and most prominent play in the collection is Redemption. Set in a rural Russian village, Tolstoy delves into the struggles of individual redemption and the societal implications of forgiveness. The play's protagonist, Luka, is burdened by guilt and seeks salvation through acts of kindness. Tolstoy masterfully explores the complexities of human nature and the potential for personal growth in the face of adversity. This work serves as a poignant reminder of the power of forgiveness and the potential for redemption in all of us.

The two other plays included in this collection, The Power of Darkness and Fruits of Culture, provide readers with additional glimpses into Tolstoy's talent for storytelling and his ability to dissect the human condition. The Power of Darkness exposes the darker side of human nature, tackling themes of lust, betrayal, and societal hypocrisy. Tolstoy's skillful portrayal of morally ambiguous characters confronts readers with uncomfortable truths about the human capacity for evil.

In contrast, Fruits of Culture explores the constraints of societal norms and the search for personal authenticity. Tolstoy dissects the masks we wear and the sacrifices we make to maintain societal expectations, inviting readers to question the true nature of fulfillment and happiness. Both plays present a compelling examination of the moral dilemmas we face in our daily lives and the consequences of our actions.

One of the greatest strengths of this collection lies in Tolstoy's ability to tackle profound moral questions while maintaining a sense of humanity and relatability. His characters are vividly drawn, exhibiting a wide range of emotions and personal struggles that resonate with readers. Additionally, Tolstoy's rich dialogue and descriptive language effectively capture the essence of his characters' inner lives, enhancing the reader's connection to the narrative.

While Redemption and Two Other Plays by Leo Tolstoy may not share the same recognition and acclaim as his novels, this collection is a valuable addition to any literary library. Tolstoy's thought-provoking exploration of redemption, societal norms, and the human condition will undoubtedly leave readers reflecting on their own lives and choices. Whether one is familiar with Tolstoy's novels or a newcomer to his works, this collection serves as a testament to the author's lasting literary legacy.

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Introduction By ARTHUR HOPKINS




After making a production of Redemption , the chief feeling of the producer is one of deep regret that Tolstoi did not make more use of the theatre as a medium. His was the rare gift of vitalization: the ability to breathe life into word people which survives in them so long as there is any one left to turn up the pages they have made their abode.

In the world of writing, many terms that should be illuminative have become meaningless. So often has the barren been called "pregnant," the chill of death "the breath of life," the atrophied "pulsating," that when we really come upon a work with beating heart we find it difficult to give it place that has not already been stuffed to suffocation with misplaced dummies.

We seat it at table with staring wax figures and bid it to join the feast. There is no exclusion act in art, no passport bureau, not even hygienic segregation.

In writing the briefest introduction to Tolstoi's work, I am appointed by the publisher, a sort of reception committee of one to escort the work to some fitting place where it may enjoy the surroundings and deference it deserves... Continue reading book >>

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