Resurrection by Leo TolstoyResurrection by Leo Tolstoy


byLeo Tolstoy

Paperback | March 8, 2004


Tolstoy's novel of spiritual regeneration recounts the sins of a young Russian nobleman and his attempts in later life to redress those transgressions. A panoramic view of Russian social life at the end of the 19th century, Resurrection pointedly articulates the author's contempt for the social injustices of the world in which he lived.
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...
Title:ResurrectionFormat:PaperbackPublished:March 8, 2004Publisher:Dover PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0486432165

ISBN - 13:9780486432168

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Tolstoy's FInest Tolstoy's final novel, Resurrection, is a quietly powerful read. This book examines such themes as self-discovery, moral/social predicaments pertaining to everything from moral obligation to gender relations, as well as spiritual epiphanies, and the multi-dimensional nature of the human condition. Tolstoy autobiographically expressed many thoughts on such recurring subjects through characters in his writings, but here, he does it in a manner more akin to the gritty realism of Dostoyevsky's works. It is through the book's principle characters, Nekhludov and Katusha, that we see the author plunge into the socially, spiritually and psychologically motivating factors behind passionate conviction, judgement, and the lengths that one will go to in the name of self-preservation and undying loyalty. Tolstoy's revelations and subsequent views on land ownership are at the same time heartbreaking and hopeful, as are his juxtaposing descriptions of humanity and inhumanity, as is read in the astonishing descriptions of the prison march and the prisoners themselves. This story is told in a no-holds-barred manner, making it a far less restrained work of literature than some of Tolstoy's other works, and therefore somewhat more compelling. It could be said that Resurrection is even more timeless and relevant than Anna Karenina, for which Tolstoy is more often associated with.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth reading The corner-stone of Tolstoy's works. Shows him as a deep philospher and stereotypical patriarchy. Rich language, interesting plot.
Date published: 2003-11-30