- Series: Penguin Classics
- Paperback: 567 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (February 28, 1966)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140441840
- ISBN-13: 978-0140441840
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,612,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Resurrection (Penguin Classics) Paperback – February 28, 1966
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`Tolstoy magisterially condemns society's social inequities by holding a mirror up to its flawed face; gripping and sombre.' The Observer --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Nekhlyudov, the protagonist of the novel, acted according to the influence of others, ten years prior to the setting of the novel. Scheduled to join the Russian army shortly, he believes himself entitled to a life of squander and debauchery, of loose morals, and even looser sense of responsibility, according to his pledge of his life to the cause of the army. If he is willing, and very likely, to die for his country, then the country owes him. Such was the sense of entitlement common in the mind of Russian men at the time. Following this belief, Nekhlyudov finds himself seducing young Katusha, and bedding her, on the eve of his departure. He abadons Katusha after succumbing to the lust he feels for her, and leaves her to whatever life brings, without a second thought.
Ten years later, Nekhlyudov has that second thought, when he and Katusha are reunited, on opposite sides of the law. Katusha stands accused of robbing and poisoning a 'client,' as her life has led her to prostitution. Nekhlyudov sits on the jury that will decide her fate.Read more ›
If it had not been for the Doukhobors, who was accused of fighting against the spirit of God by the Orthodox Church, Tolstoy might never have finished the novel, the idea for which had been suggested to him ten years previously in order to raise fund for the sect. A nobleman, namely, Dimitri Nekhlydov, serves on a jury and recognizes the prostitute on trial for theft and poisoning a merchant as a girl he had seduced and loved when he was a young man. Katusha (Maslova), who is a yellow-card prostitute sanctioned by the government, has a checkered fate. She is wrongfully convicted as the jury inadvertently left out the phrase "no intent to take life" in the verdict. She is found not guilty in the theft but guilty of administering a powder and is sentenced to hard labor in the outlandish Siberia.Read more ›
The chief themes of Resurrection are the basic themes inherent in all art: love, passion and death, but Tolstoy treats them with such a burning sincerity and unique vitality that they seem almost as fresh and pure as newly fallen snow.
Resurrection is the great imaginative synthesis of Tolstoyism, ripe with the fruits of a lifetime of agony and questioning. In Resurrection, Tolstoy takes aim at the underworld of nineteenth-century Russian life: the legal and penal systems and, above all, the Church.
In the central figure of Nekhlyudov, Tolstoy has created the last of his great self-portraits. In Nekhlyudov he expresses his own deepest aspirations, his own views on every aspect of human existence.
The theme of this book is not new to Tolstoy. The fallen man and his decidedly non-Christian process of regeneration has been explored by this author before, but this time he presents it in an entirely different perspective.
In Resurrection, Tolstoy sets out to produce the artistic rendition of the resurrection of a fallen man. Since he, himself, does not recognize the Christian concept of resurrection, it is Nekhlyudov's regeneration that he describes instead.
Nekhlyudov's life, however, had been one long regeneration after another. Inherited wealth has enabled him to change one lifestyle for another the minute one set of ideals was supplanted by another.Read more ›
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After having read all of Tolstoy's infamous works I turned to this book expecting the same great moralistic treatment as before. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ronald W. Maron
This was one of Tolstoys final works before he ran away from his manor to pursue his wanderlust, hoping to live like the Prince protagonist of this book when he comes to his... Read morePublished 15 months ago by warnovelist
Interesting characters, but increasingly preachy. I was ready for the finish.Published 15 months ago by Lohengrin
Far from Alexei Konstantovich Tolstoi's best work. There is some conflict that has the reader at dual viewpoints,almost producing a dialectical thought, but much less than might... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Curious