By Leo Tolstoy
Written over a interval of greater than part a century, Leo Tolstoy’s tales mirror each point of his artwork and character. They conceal his reports as a soldier within the Caucasus, his married existence, his passionate curiosity within the peasantry, his cult of fact and ease, and his starting to be preoccupation with religion.
The tales in quantity 1 of the Collected Shorter Fiction date from the interval during which the younger Tolstoy wrote Anna Karenina and War and Peace. starting from short, masterfully sketches of army lifestyles equivalent to “The Wood-Felling” to novellas like Family Happiness, an uneasy imagining of the idyllic probabilities of marriage by means of the not-yet-married author, all characteristic Tolstoy’s ordinarily lavish deployment of aspect, intelligent statement, and creative power.
Translated by way of Louise and Aylmer Maude
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CRANKSHAW, EDWARD: Tolstoy – The Making of a Novelist, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1974. Less detailed and more idiosyncratic than the titles above, but a knowledgeable and well-illustrated study concentrating largely on Tolstoy’s personal and spiritual development before 1880. WILSON, A. : Tolstoy, Hamish Hamilton, London, 1988, Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1989. A stimulating, consciously unreverential treatment which is very readable, and good on the ideas as well as the literary writings.
Stendhal: Scarlet and Black. Pushkin: Boris Godunov. 1832 1833 Pushkin: Eugene Onegin. 1835 Balzac: Old Goriot. 1836 The family moves to Moscow. Gogol: The Government Inspector. 1837 Death of his father. Pushkin dies after a duel. Dickens: Oliver Twist (to 1838). 1838 Death of his grandmother. 1840 Lermontov: A Hero of Our Time. 1841 On the death of their guardian (an aunt), the Tolstoy children move to Kazan to live with another aunt. Lermontov killed in a duel. 1842 Loses his virginity. Starts to read Rousseau.
Zola: Germinal. HISTORICAL EVENTS Russian Populist movement begins. Russia invades Chinese Turkestan. Universal Exhibition in Vienna. Land and Liberty movement formed in Russia. Russia declares war on Turkey. Russo-Turkish War ends. Congress of Berlin. Afghan War. Trial of Vera Zasulich. People’s Will party formed in Russia. Governor of Kharkov assassinated. Osip Vissarionovich Djugashvili (Stalin) born. Alexander II assassinated. Accession of Alexander III. Jewish residence in Russia severely restricted.
Collected Shorter Fiction, Volume One by Leo Tolstoy