Leo Tolstoy Michael R. Katz
- Title: Tolstoy's Short Fiction
- Author: Leo Tolstoy Michael R. Katz
- ISBN: 9780393931501
- Page: 143
- Format: Paperback
This Norton Critical Edition presents twelve of Tolstoy s best known stories, based on the Louise and Aylmer Maude translations except Alyosha Gorshok , which have been revised by the editor for enhanced comprehension and annotated for student readers The Second Edition newly includes A Prisoner in the Caucasus, Father Sergius, and After the Ball, in addition to MichaeThis Norton Critical Edition presents twelve of Tolstoy s best known stories, based on the Louise and Aylmer Maude translations except Alyosha Gorshok , which have been revised by the editor for enhanced comprehension and annotated for student readers The Second Edition newly includes A Prisoner in the Caucasus, Father Sergius, and After the Ball, in addition to Michael Katz s new translation of Alyosha Gorshok Together these stories represent the best of the author s short fiction before War and Peace and after Anna Karenina Backgrounds and Sources includes two Tolstoy memoirs, A History of Yesterday 1851 and The Memoirs of a Madman 1884 , as well as entries expanded in the Second Edition from Tolstoy s Diary for 1855 and selected letters 1858 95 that shed light on the author s creative process.Criticism collects twenty three essays by Russian and western scholars, six of which are new to this Second Edition Interpretations focus both on Tolstoy s language and art and on specific themes and motifs in individual stories Contributors include John M Kopper, Gary Saul Morson, N G Chernyshevsky, Mikhail Bakhtin, Harsha Ram, John Bayley, Vladimir Nabokov, Ruth Rischin, Margaret Ziolkowski, and Donald Barthelme.A Chronology of Tolstoy s life and work and an updated Selected Bibliography are also included.
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If you enjoyed War and Peace and Anna Karenina then this illuminating volume should be on your list. These short stories including the highly regarded novella The Death of Ivan Ilych show how Tolstoy’s craft developed over his lifetime. The stories, written between 1855 and 1905, were selected as some of Tolstoy’s best. They are followed with excerpts from Tolstoy’s diary, some of his letters, and over twenty different pieces of literary criticism. This supplemental material was very helpf [...]
I read this book for a Russian Lit. class and ended up enjoying the majority of stories in this collection. While many of the stories have strong religious undertones - especially those dating after Tolstoy's religious conversion in 1878 - they were, for the most part, interesting and meaningful in one way or another. The wartime stories Sevastopol in December and Sevastopol in May were both descriptive in such a way that made you feel as if you were among the regiments fighting with the defende [...]
I feel like I finally got to read stories that are referenced frequently by other writers. Tolstoy is kind of like the Bible in that way. Ivan Ilyich and the Kreutzer sonata, the two I had heard of multiple times, lived up to the hype, and I can see why Tolstoy sticks in your memory. I also loved the little twist in the Three Deaths story. I wasn't surprised to find a lot of depressing story lines, I mean, it is Tolstoy after all, but I was surprised at how often I ended up laughing too. I'll be [...]
I read only select stories from this book because it was for a Russian Literature course that I am taking. Out of the stories that I read, my favorites were "Alyosha the Pot," "The Kreutzer Sonata," "God Sees the Truth, But Waits," "After the Dance," and "Sevastopol in Decemeber" (in that order, beginning with my most favorite).
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