- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Digireads.com (January 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1420935100
- ISBN-13: 978-1420935103
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,498,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Confession and Other Religious Writings
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Count Leo Tolstoy was born on September 9, 1828, in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia. Orphaned at nine, he was brought up by an elderly aunt and educated by French tutors until he matriculated at Kazan University in 1844. In 1847, he gave up his studies and, after several aimless years, volunteered for military duty in the army, serving as a junior officer in the Crimean War before retiring in 1857. In 1862, Tolstoy married Sophie Behrs, a marriage that was to become, for him, bitterly unhappy. His diary, started in 1847, was used for self-study and self-criticism; it served as the source from which he drew much of the material that appeared not only in his great novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina(1877), but also in his shorter works. Seeking religious justification for his life, Tolstoy evolved a new Christianity based upon his own interpretation of the Gospels. Yasnaya Polyana became a mecca for his many converts. At the age of eighty-two, while away from home, the writer suffered a break down in his health in Astapovo, Riazan, and he died there on November 20, 1910. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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"My question … was the simplest of questions, lying in the soul of every man from the foolish child to the wisest elder: it was a question without an answer to which one cannot live, as I had found by experience. It was: 'What will come of what I am doing today or shall do tomorrow? What will come of my whole life?'"
I didn't know this book existed, but found it due to an article I read on the BrainPickings website. (You should check them out if you like this book and you love literature).
Tolstoy's life was full of everything human lives contain, but he's able to capture the emotion in words and to share those words. His writing in this book are at times heart-wrenching, but alive. An author that speaks through ages to be heard immediately and clearly by readers years and year later, that's quality work and Tolstoy delivers it.
I don't know if my conclusions would have been the same had I been in his shoes, but regardless of this destination, the journey was beautifully captured in this work. I highly recommend it even if you haven't read any of Tolstoy's fictional works.
This book is dramatically different from his works of fiction, but if you have the opportunity to give this book a chance, please take it (and read it with an open mind), You will not be disappointed.
I would recommend this book to Tolstoy fans, philosophers, theologians, and political activists of all stripes. It's an inspiring read
But as a coherent view of the human condition it's nonsense.
The distinction between Tolstoy the great novelist and short story writer and Tolstoy the prophet has to be made by any serious reader. The artist is supreme, the "religious thinker" is on the level of Swami Vivikenanda and Madame Blavatsky.
The rest of this volume, the "other religious writings", are of no value except to the compleat Tolstoyan.