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The Kreutzer Sonata

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The Kreutzer Sonata

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One of the world's greatest novelists, Leo Tolstoy was also the author of a number of superb short stories, one of his best known being "The Kreutzer Sonata." This macabre story involves the murder of a wife by her husband. It is a penetrating study of jealousy as well as a piercing complaint about the way in which society educates men and women in matters of sex—a serious condemnation of the mores and attitudes of the wealthy, educated class.

One of the world's greatest novelists, Leo Tolstoy was also the author of a number of superb short stories, one of his best known being "The Kreutzer Sonata." This macabre story involves the murder of a wife by her husband. It is a penetrating study of jealousy as well as a piercing complaint about the way in which society educates men and women in matters of sex—a serious condemnation of the mores and attitudes of the wealthy, educated class.

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  • Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) was born about two hundred miles from Moscow. His mother died when he was two, his father when he was nine. His parents were of noble birth, and Tolstoy remained acutely aware of his aristocratic roots, even when he later embraced doctrines of equality and the brotherhood of man. After serving in the army in the Caucasus and Crimea, where he wrote his first stories, he traveled and studied educational theories. In 1862 he married Sophia Behrs and for the next fifteen years lived a tranquil, productive life, finishing War and Peace in 1869 and Anna Karenina in 1877. In 1879 he underwent a spiritual crisis; he sought to propagate his beliefs on faith, morality, and nonviolence, writing mostly parables, tracts, and morality plays. Tolstoy died of pneumonia in 1910 at the age of eighty-two.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Simon Prebble must summon all of his formidable talents as a narrator to convey the tangled logic and morbid self-loathing of Pozdnyshev, the main character in Leo Tolstoy's 1890 novella. A chance encounter with a stranger aboard a train prompts Pozdnyshev to recount the convoluted history of his marriage while revealing much about the nature of marriage among the landed gentry of his time. Prebble succeeds admirably at presenting Pozdnyshev as both an astute social critic and an overprivileged and slightly unhinged egomaniac who misinterprets everything he sees. Is his wife a long suffering victim or a calculating adulteress? Is he the manipulator or the manipulated? Are his actions justified? Prebble's finely tuned interpretation leaves the answers up to us. L.X. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine
  • Publishers Weekly Praise for The Death of Ivan Ilyich: "Written more than a century ago, Tolstoy's work still retains the power of a contemporary novel."
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