Leo Tolstoy Spiritual Writings

ISBN-10: 1570756732

ISBN-13: 9781570756733

Edition: 2006

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"Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was the author of such classics as War and Peace and Anna Karenina. In mid-life, however, he underwent a deep moral and spiritual crisis that led him back to the gospels in an effort to conform his life to the spirit of Christ. This volume focuses on his "spiritual writings" - autobiographical reflections on his journey of faith, commentaries on the gospels, and essays, on the essence of Christianity."--BOOK JACKET.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Orbis Books
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 207
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

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 and began to publish even while stationed there (Childhood [1852] and other works). Even more significant were his experiences during the Crimean War: the siege of Sevastopol provided the background for his sketches of human behavior in battle in the Sevastopol Stories (1855--56). After the war, Tolstoy mixed for a time with St. Petersburg literary society, traveled extensively abroad, and married Sophia Bers. The couple were happy for a long time, with Countess Tolstoy participating actively in her husband's literary and other endeavors. The center of Tolstoy's life became family, which he celebrated in the final section of War and Peace (1869). In this great novel, he unfolded the stories of several families in Russia during the Napoleonic period and explored the nature of historical causation and of freedom and necessity. A different note emerged in Anna Karenina (1876). Here, too, Tolstoy focused on families but this time emphasized an individual's conflict with society's norms. A period of inner crisis, depression, and thoughts of suicide culminated in Tolstoy's 1879 conversion to a rationalistic form of Christianity in which moral behavior was supremely important. Confession (1882) describes this profound transition. Tolstoy now began to proselytize his new-found faith through fiction, essays, and personal contacts. Between 1880 and 1883, he wrote three major works on religion. A supreme polemicist, he participated in debates on a large number of political and social issues, generally at odds with the government. His advocacy of nonresistance to evil attracted many followers and later had a profound influence on Mahatma Gandhi and, through him, Martin Luther King, Jr. (see Vol. 4). Tolstoy's stature as a writer and public figure was enormous both within Russia and abroad, greater than that of any other Russian writer. When the Orthodox Church excommunicated him in 1901, a cartoon depicted him as disproportionately larger than his ecclesiastical judges. Tolstoy's final years were filled with inner torment: Living as he did on a luxurious estate, he felt himself to be a betrayer of his own teachings. He also suffered from disputes with his wife over the disposition of his property, which she wished to safeguard for their children. In 1910, desperately unhappy, the aged writer left his home at Yasnaya Polyana. He did not get far; he caught pneumonia and died of heart failure at a railway station, an event that was headline news throughout the world. In the course of Tolstoy's career, his art evolved significantly, but it possessed a certain underlying unity. From the beginning, he concentrated on the inner life of human beings, though the manner of his analysis changed. The body of his writing is enormous, encompassing both fiction and a vast amount of theoretical and polemical material. Besides his three great novels---War and Peace, Anna Karenina, and Resurrection (1899)---he wrote many superb shorter works. Among these, The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886) stands out as a literary masterpiece and fine philosophical text, while the short novel Hadji Murat (1904), set in the Caucasus and Russia during the reign of Nicholas I, is a gem of narration and plot construction. Tolstoy has been translated extensively. The Louise and Aylmer Maude and Constance Garnett translations are institutions (for many works, the only versions available) and are used by different publishers, sometimes in modernized versions. New translations by Rosemary Edmonds, David Magarshack, and Ann Dunigan are also justifiably popular.

The quest for meaning
Ashamed to live
Is this life?
A confession
I, like the thief
The truth that sets free
The miller
Death comes knocking
Why is this?
Killing conscience
What must be done?
Stop, look, consider!
The law of love
Living water
The deeds of love
The key to the gospels
The new way
Notes for soldiers
Do unto others
Is this human nature?
Who is suffering?
What's the government to do?
Is the state necessary?
Prophetic forays
The destruction of hell and its restoration : a legend
All brothers and sisters
Are we any different?
Three parables
Universal hypocrisy
Difficult, but doable
The price of progress
Who is responsible?
From the height of our "greatness"
The inexhaustible ruble
Modern slavery
The life of faith
Thoughts on God
What I believe
Help my unbelief?
What size is your stone?
What then is prayer?
The need to pray
That little cup of oil
Only your work
Two ways
The steep slope of desire
What is marriage for?
The happiness of love
Christian freedom
The moral knife
Maxims and musings
Seeking truth
Religion
Faith
Obedience
The inner life
Conscience
Sin and temptation
Doing good
Compromise
Nonviolence
War
Government
To love
Unity and fraternity
Living justly
Property and possessions
Suffering and death
Eternal life
Miscellanies
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