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Leo Tolstoy

The theme of this excellent short story, also entitled "Two Old Men," is expressed rather didactially through Tolstoy's comment at the end of the story when Efim goes to visit Elisha and sees him...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2012 2:11 pm UTC

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It was the time of year when the snow started to melt and make nice mud puddles in the street. Two girls, Malasha and Akulya, meet after church on Sunday. Their mothers had dressed them in their...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2013 5:22 am UTC

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This short story focuses on the spiritual growth of the central character, Martin, who begins the story grief-stricken and void of purpose at the death of his only son, and ends the story having...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2012 6:49 am UTC

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Count Leo Tolstoy (1818-1910) Tolstoy is perhaps the greatest writer of prose fiction, and his pièce de résistance, War and Peace, is hailed as perhaps the greatest novel written. Certainly, he...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2010 9:52 am UTC

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Two little girls, Malasha and Akoulya, have been dressed up by their parents for Easter. They have just come from church. They meet and start to play with one another. Soon Akoulya warns Malasha...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2011 11:11 am UTC

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In My Confession, Tolstoy is undergoing a mid-life crisis. As a result, he asks, what is the meaning of life? Why am I alive? What ultimate good will arise from the two parts of life I most love:...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2018 12:29 am UTC

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Tolstoy was from the beginning of his career a moralist addressing all the questions of greed, murder, lust, vanity, love, and family as he perceived their relevance to 19th century Russia but,...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2010 5:36 am UTC

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These three works can be seen as showing a continuity of thought in Russian literature dealing with the Caucasus region, but also a progression to a more liberal and tolerant view of foreigners and...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2019 7:01 pm UTC

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In his maturing years, Count Leo Tolstoy came to believe that a direct effort to develop an inner perfection in accord with Saint Paul's Christian writings was the true expression of the...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2010 2:41 am UTC

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On first sight, one wouldn't think of these two works, within Tolstoy's oeuvre as a whole, as necessarily having much in common or having many points of comparison we can discuss. Childhood is told...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2019 3:57 pm UTC

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It's a bit difficult, but still possible, to deduce a consistent philosophy about leadership from Tolstoy's fiction. But are we speaking of military or political leadership or just the general...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2020 1:24 am UTC

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The Russians were not geographically or culturally akin to Western Europeans until Peter the Great developed an expanded world view by visiting continental European countries and England. Then he...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2010 11:43 pm UTC

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One of the few such relationships in Tolstoy's body of work is the marriage of Levin and Kitty in Anna Karenina. This is in spite of the occasional, troubled episodes between them we are shown....

Latest answer posted April 9, 2020 9:14 pm UTC

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