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    Description'To love him was not enough for me after the happiness I had felt in falling in love. I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.' Leo Tolstoy, known to the world for his famous novels, also created throughout his sixty-year career as a writer a significant body of works of shorter ficiton. These fictions, like his novels, tend toward a uniqueness in form, even as they explore a set of themes common in the longer works. The four novellas selected here stand closest to the novels, and represent Tolstoy at his creative best, exploring in a specific and focused way his characteristic themes: life understood as a journey of the discovery of identity and vocation, the meaning of one's life in the face of death, and the redemptive role of suffering and compassion. Family Happiness (1859) traces the psychology of failed married love yet is written against the tradition of the novel of romance, marriage and adultery. The Kreutzer Sonata (1889) recounts a husband's addictions, jealousy, sinister guilt and subsequent isolation, while The Cossacks (1863) focuses on the experiences of a young Russian on in the Caucusus whose quest for romantic love becomes one for the love of 'the whole of God's world'. Finally, the superbly crafted Hadji Murad (1905) juxtaposes the military and civilian worlds, and relates a tale of the human violation of the natural through a series of parallel episodes. Written over a period of almost fifty years, these works display Tolstoy's changing views on art and sexuality, women and marriage, nationalism and ethnicity, war and empire. All four novellas develop, each in its own unique way, the central Tolystoyan theme of love. This edition, which updates a classic translation, has explanatory notes and a substantial introduction based on the most recent scholarship in the field. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


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    Title
    The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Leo Tolstoy, Edited by Richard F. Gustafson, Translated by Louise Shanks Maude, Translated by J. D. Duff
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199555796
    ISBN 10: 0199555796
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC E4L: CLA
    BIC subject category V2: FYB, FC
    DC22: FIC
    BIC subject category V2: FYT
    BIC E4L: TRA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    DC22: 891.733
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC003000, FIC029000
    BISAC region code: 1.6.16.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: FBC, FYT, FYB
    Edition
    1
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    04 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Richard F. Gustafson is Professor of Russian at Barnard College, Columbia University and a specialist in Russian literature and religious philosophy. He is the author of Leo Tolstoy: Resident and Stranger (1986).
    Table of contents
    Family Happiness ; The Cossacks ; The Kreutzer Sonata ; Hadji Murad