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Best Leo Tolstoy Books: The Ultimate Collection

Our list of some of the best Leo Tolstoy books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. The Kingdom of God is Within You (2016)

 Best Leo Tolstoy Books: The Ultimate Collection“The Kingdom of God Is Within You” is Leo Tolstoy’s magnum opus of philosophy and religious thought. The book is cited by Mahatma Gandhi as one of the chief influences in the development of his philosophy of non-violence. Tolstoy takes the reader to the heart of the message of Jesus Christ, laying aside the common dogmas of the church in favor of a literal understanding of Christ’s teachings. This brings his philosophy to one of strict non-violence and a complete overhaul of the structures of modern society. The work is a masterpiece in the realm of…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy, Constance Garnett

2. War and Peace (Vintage Classics) (2008)

 Best Leo Tolstoy Books: The Ultimate Collectionbroadly focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men.A s Napoleon’s army invades, Tolstoy brilliantly follows characters from diverse backgrounds—peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers—as they struggle with the problems unique to…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy , Richard Pevear, et al.

3. Anna Karenina (Wordsworth Classics) (1997)

 Best Leo Tolstoy Books: The Ultimate CollectionTranslated by Louise and Aylmer Maude. Introduction and Notes by E.B. Greenwood, University of Kent Anna Karenina is one of the most loved and memorable heroines of literature. Her overwhelming charm dominates a novel of unparalleled richness and density. Tolstoy considered this book to be his first real attempt at a novel form, and it addresses the very nature of society at all levels,- of destiny, death, human relationships and the irreconcilable contradictions of existence. It ends tragically, and there is much that evokes despair, yet set beside this is an abounding joy in life’s many ephemeral pleasures, and a profusion of comic…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy , Louise Maude, et al.

4. A Confession and Other Religious Writings (Penguin Classics) (1988)

 Best Leo Tolstoy Books: The Ultimate CollectionTolstoy’s passionate and iconoclastic writings–on issues of faith, immortality, freedom, violence, and morality–reflect his intellectual search for truth and a religion firmly grounded in reality. The selection includes ‘A Confession,’ ‘Religion and Morality,’ ‘What Is Religion, and of What Does Its Essence Consist?,’ and ‘The Law of Love and the Law of Violence.’For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy, Jane Kentish

5. The Death of Ivan Ilyich (Bantam Classics) (1981)

 Best Leo Tolstoy Books: The Ultimate CollectionHailed as one of the world’s supreme masterpieces on the subject of death and dying, is the story of a worldly careerist, a high court judge who has never given the inevitability of his death so much as a passing thought. But one day death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise he is brought face to face with his own mortality. How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth?This short novel was the artistic culmination of a profound spiritual crisis in Tolstoy’s life, a nine-year period following the…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy , Lynn Solotaroff, et al.

6. Resurrection (Penguin Classics) (2009)

 Best Leo Tolstoy Books: The Ultimate CollectionServing on the jury at a murder trial, Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov is devastated when he sees the prisoner – Katyusha, a young maid he seduced and abandoned years before. As Dmitri faces the consequences of his actions, he decides to give up his life of wealth and luxury to devote himself to rescuing Katyusha, even if it means following her into exile in Siberia. But can a man truly find redemption by saving another person? Tolstoy’s most controversial novel, Resurrection (1899) is a scathing indictment of injustice, corruption and hypocrisy at all levels of society. Creating a vast panorama of Russian…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy, Anthony Briggs

7. Anna Karenina (2004)

 Best Leo Tolstoy Books: The Ultimate CollectionDescribed by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as “flawless,” Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and thereby exposes herself to the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel’s seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy , Richard Pevear, et al.

 Best Leo Tolstoy Books: The Ultimate CollectionA vibrant translation of Tolstoy’s most important short fiction by the award-winning translators of War and Peace. Here are eleven masterful stories from the mature author, some autobiographical, others moral parables, and all told with the evocative power that was Tolstoy’s alone.  They include “The Prisoner of the Caucasus,” inspired by Tolstoy’s own experiences as a soldier in the Chechen War, “Hadji Murat,” the novella Harold Bloom called “the best story in the world,” “The Devil,” a fascinating tale of sexual obsession, and the…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear, et al.

9. Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy (Perennial Classics) (2004)

 Best Leo Tolstoy Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe brilliant shorter novels of Tolstoy, including The Death of Ivan Ilych and Family Happiness, collected and reissued with a beautiful updated design. Of all Russian writers Leo Tolstoy is probably the best known to the Western world, largely because of War and Peace, his epic in prose, and Anna Karenina, one of the most splendid novels in any language. But during his long lifetime Tolstoy also wrote enough shorter works to fill many volumes. Here reprinted in one volume are his eight finest short novels, together with "Alyosha the Pot",…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy , Louise Maude, et al.

10. Family Happiness (2014)

 Best Leo Tolstoy Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe plot of Family Happiness is extremely simple as compared to lauded Tolstoy works like Anna Karenina, War and Peace and Resurrection, but Tolstoy’s straightforward style of writing and ability to relate every detail of his settings makes this book a highly enjoyable read. #341,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #8654 in Family Life Fiction (Books) #5047 in Psychological Fiction (Books) #10305 in Classic Literature & Fiction Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy , Louise Maude, et al.

11. What Is Art? (Penguin Classics) (1996)

 Best Leo Tolstoy Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis profound analysis of the nature of art is the culmination of a series of essays and polemics on issues of morality, social justice, and religion. Considering and rejecting the idea that art reveals and reinvents through beauty, Tolstoy perceives the question of the nature of art to be a religious one. Ultimately, he concludes, art must be a force for good, for the progress and improvement of mankind.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy , Richard Pevear, et al.

Best Leo Tolstoy Books: The Ultimate Collection

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The power of darkness: a drama in five acts

Author(s): Maude, Aylmer;Maude, Louise;Tolstoy, Leo
ID: 2721597, Publisher: Dover Publications, Year: 2019;2018, Size: 871 Kb, Format: epub

Leo Tolstoy and the Canadian Doukhobors: A Study in Historic Relationships. Expanded and Revised Edition

Author(s): Andrew Donskov
ID: 2501052, Publisher: University of Ottawa Press, Year: 2019, Size: 11 Mb, Format: pdf

Leo Tolstoy: A very short introduction

Author(s): Liza Knapp
ID: 2526554, Publisher: OUP Oxford, Year: 2019, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub

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