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My Confession

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My Confession by Leo Tolstoy is a thought-provoking and deeply introspective book that delves into the author's struggles with faith, morality, and the meaning of life. Tolstoy bravely lays bare his inner turmoil and doubts, grappling with his own failings and contradictions.

Through a series of confessional essays, Tolstoy recounts his spiritual journey and his quest for truth and God. He candidly discusses his disillusionment with organized religion and his search for a more authentic and personal connection to the divine. Tolstoy's raw honesty and vulnerability make this book a compelling and insightful read.

The book is not an easy read, as Tolstoy's existential crisis and philosophical musings can be heavy and dense at times. However, his profound reflections on the human condition and the nature of belief are timeless and thought-provoking.

Overall, My Confession is a powerful and introspective work that challenges readers to confront their own beliefs and grapple with life's profound questions. Tolstoy's introspection and self-examination make this book a standout in the realm of spiritual and philosophical literature.

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"My Confession" is a brief autobiographical story of Leo Tolstoy's struggle with a mid-life existential crisis of melancholia. It describes his search for answers to the profound questions "What will come of my life?" and "What is the meaning of life?", without answers to which life, for him, had become "impossible." Tolstoy reflects on the arc of his philosophical life until then: his childhood abandonment of his Russian orthodox faith; his mastery of strength, will, power, and reason; and how, after he had achieved tremendous financial success and social status, life to him seemed meaningless. After despairing of his attempts to find answers in science, philosophy, eastern wisdom, and his fellow men of letters, he describes his turn to the wisdom of the common people and his attempts to reconcile their instinctive faith with the dictates of his reason. The main body of the text ends with the author reaching a compromise: faith, he realizes, is a necessity, but it must be constrained by reason. However, an epilogue that describes a dream he had some time after completing the body of the text suggests that he has undergone a radical personal and spiritual transformation.

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