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Best Tolstoy Books That You Need

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Tolstoy books.

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

 Best Tolstoy Books That You Needbroadly 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…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy , Richard Pevear, et al.

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

 Best Tolstoy Books That You NeedThe 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…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy , Louise Maude, et al.

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

 Best Tolstoy Books That You Need“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 Christianity….
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy, Constance Garnett

4. Anna Karenina (Wonders of the World) (2002)

 Best Tolstoy Books That You Need‘All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ Acclaimed by many as the world’s greatest novel, Anna Kerenina provides a vast panorama of contemporary life in Russia and of humanity in general. Anna is a sophisticated woman who abandons her empty existence as a wife and turns to her lover Count Vronsky to fulfil her passionate nature -with tragic consequences….
Author(s): L.N. Tolstoy, Richard Pevear, et al.

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

 Best Tolstoy Books That You NeedTolstoy’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…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy, Jane Kentish

6. Anna Karenina (Great illustrated classics: Titan editions) (1966)

 Best Tolstoy Books That You NeedGreat Illustrated Classic from Leo Tolstoy…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy

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

 Best Tolstoy Books That You NeedHailed 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 publication of during which he wrote not a word of fiction. A…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy , Lynn Solotaroff, et al.

8. Anna Karenina (Modern Library Classics) (2000)

 Best Tolstoy Books That You NeedConsidered by some to be the greatest novel ever written, Anna Karenina is Tolstoy’s classic tale of love and adultery set against the backdrop of high society in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. A rich and complex masterpiece, the novel charts the disastrous course of a love affair between Anna, a beautiful married woman, and Count Vronsky, a wealthy army officer. Tolstoy seamlessly weaves together the lives of dozens of characters, and in doing so captures a breathtaking tapestry of late-nineteenth-century Russian society. As Matthew Arnold wrote in his celebrated essay on…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy , Leonard J. Kent, et al.

 Best Tolstoy Books That You NeedA 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…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear, et al.

10. Resurrection (Penguin Classics) (2009)

 Best Tolstoy Books That You NeedServing 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 life, from peasants to…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy, Anthony Briggs

11. Anna Karenina (Wordsworth Classics) (1997)

 Best Tolstoy Books That You NeedTranslated 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…
Author(s): Leo Tolstoy , Louise Maude, et al.

Best Tolstoy Books That You Need

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Irène Némirovsky's Russian Influences: Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Chekhov

Author(s): Marta Laura Cenedese
ID: 2831399, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Creating Anna Karenina: Tolstoy and the Birth of Literature's Most Enigmatic Heroine

Author(s): Bob Blaisdell
ID: 2578773, Publisher: Pegasus Books, Year: 2020, Size: 13 Mb, Format: epub

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

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