A Very Russian Christmas: The Greatest Russian Holiday Stories Of All Time

Contribution byLev Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Anton Chekhov

October 28, 2016|
A Very Russian Christmas: The Greatest Russian Holiday Stories Of All Time by Lev Tolstoy
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Running the gamut from sweet and reverent to twisted and uproarious, and with many of the stories appearing in English for the first time, this is a collection that will satisfy every reader. Dostoevsky brings stories of poverty and tragedy, Tolstoy inspires with his fable-like tales, Chekhov''s unmatchable skills are on full display in a story about a female factory owner and the wretched workers, Klavdia Lukashevitch delights with a sweet and surprising tale of a childhood in White Russia, and Mikhail Zoshchenko recounts madcap anecdotes of Christmas trees and Christmas thieves. There is no shortage of vodka or wit in this volume that proves, with its wonderful variety and remarkable human touch, that Nobody Does Christmas Like the Russians.

My Last Christmas

On this festive day, because of somebody''s sin, it is we who must sit here like the wretched of the earth . . ."

The passengers looked at the fussy figure of the little old man with displeasure and irritation.

"Yes," the old man continued, "because of somebody''s sins . . . We are used to watching our little children jump in indescribable delight around the Christmas tree . . . Out of human weakness, dear Sirs and Madams, we enjoy gobbling up ham with green peas and sausages one after another, and a slice of goose, and a tipple tipple of the you know what . . ."

"Tfu!" said the fishmonger, looking at the wee old man with disgust.

The passengers slid forward on their chairs . . .

Tolstoy's life was defined by moral and artistic seeking and by conflict with himself and his surroundings. Of the old nobility, he began by living the usual, dissipated life of a man of his class; however, his inner compulsion for moral self-justification led him in a different direction. In 1851 he became a soldier in the Caucasus an...
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Title:A Very Russian Christmas: The Greatest Russian Holiday Stories Of All Time
Format:Paper over Board
Product dimensions:160 pages, 10 X 7 X 0.72 in
Shipping dimensions:160 pages, 10 X 7 X 0.72 in
Published:October 28, 2016
Publisher:New Vessel Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781939931436

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