Lives and Deaths

Lives and Deaths : Essential Stories

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'When we read Tolstoy, it feels easy. This is life itself' Howard Jacobson




'No other writer wrote so often, or so imaginatively, about the actual moment of dying' Orlando Figes




Tolstoy's stories contain many of the most acutely observed moments in his monumental body of work. This new selection of his shorter works, sensitively translated by the award-winning Boris Dralyuk, showcases the peerless economy with which Tolstoy could render the passions and conflicts of a life.




These are works that take us from a self-interested judge's agonising deathbed to the bristling social world of horses in a stable yard, from the joyful vanity of youth to the painful doubts of sickness and old age. With unwavering precision, Tolstoy's eye brings clarity and richness to the simplest materials.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 120 x 165 x 17.78mm | 226.8g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 178227541X
  • 9781782275411
  • 1,319,326

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* "Gratifying and timely." --Times Literary Supplement
* "When literature has a Tolstoy, it is easy and gratifying to be a writer. Even if you are aware that you have never accomplished anything, you don't feel so bad, because Tolstoy accomplishes enough for everyone"--Anton Chekhov
* "The greatest of all novelists"--Virginia Woolf
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About Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was born to an aristocratic family near Tula, Russia. After abandoning his studies he returned to live on his family's estate, later enlisting in the army and serving in the Crimean War. Over the course of his life, he wrote plays, dozens of short stories and many works of philosophy. He is now one of the most widely admired writers of all time.
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