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ISBN13: 9780141034812
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Love can be surprising. Love can be heartbreaking. Love can be an art. But love is the singular emotion that all humans rely on most . . . and crave endlessly, no matter what the cost. United by this theme of love, the nine titles in the Penguin Great Loves collection include tales of blissful and all- encompassing, doomed and tragic, erotic and absurd, seductive and adulterous, innocent and murderous love. A deeply moving addition to the Penguin Great Ideas and Great Journeys series, each gorgeously packaged book will challenge all expectations of love while celebrating the beauty of its existence.

All books in this series: Cures for Love

Doomed Love

The Eaten Heart

First Love

Forbidden Fruit

The Kreutzer Sonata

A Mere Interlude

Of Mistresses, Tigresses and Other Conquests

The Seducer's Diary

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When Marshal of the Nobility Pozdnyshev suspects his wife of having an affair with her music partner, his jealousy consumes him and drives him to murder. Controversial upon publication in 1890, "The Kreutzer Sonata illuminates Tolstoy's then-feverish Christian ideals, his conflicts with lust and the hypocrisies of nineteenth-century marriage, and his thinking on the role of art and music in society.

In her Introduction, Doris Lessing shows how relevant "The Kreutzer Sonata is to our understanding of Tolstoy the artist, as well as to feminism and literature. This Modern Library Paperback Classic also contains Tolstoy's "Sequel to the Kruetzer Sonata.

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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.

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Very little about Count Leo Tolstoy, from his life to his personality to his books, was small. Yet this slim, intense novel can easily be digested in an afternoon. A sort of confessional monologue, it tells the story of a man Pozdnyshev who bares his soul to a fellow passenger on a train. Although it's part of Penguin's "Great Loves" series, this is an anti-love story and one of the most vitriolic, damning indictments of love, marriage and sex ever written. Here's his take on love: "In theory love's supposed to be something ideal and noble, whereas in practice, it's just a sordid matter that degrades us to the level of pigs, something it's vile and embarrassing to remember and talk about." On sex: "The sex instinct, no matter how it's dressed up, is an evil, a horrible evil that must be fought." And, finally, on children: "Children are a torment, nothing more." It's an acid bath of a book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780141034812
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo Nikolayevich
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Great Loves
Publication Date:
20071218
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.21x5.82x.38 in. .24 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 160 pages Penguin Books - English 9780141034812 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , When Marshal of the Nobility Pozdnyshev suspects his wife of having an affair with her music partner, his jealousy consumes him and drives him to murder. Controversial upon publication in 1890, "The Kreutzer Sonata illuminates Tolstoy's then-feverish Christian ideals, his conflicts with lust and the hypocrisies of nineteenth-century marriage, and his thinking on the role of art and music in society.

In her Introduction, Doris Lessing shows how relevant "The Kreutzer Sonata is to our understanding of Tolstoy the artist, as well as to feminism and literature. This Modern Library Paperback Classic also contains Tolstoy's "Sequel to the Kruetzer Sonata.

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