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Confession & Other Religious Writings (Penguin Black Classics Series)

Paperback|Jan 1988
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By the time he was fifty, Tolstoy had already written WAR AND PEACE and ANNA KARENINA, novels that would assure him of immortality. He had a wife, a large estate and numerous children; he was 'a happy man' and in...


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By the time he was fifty, Tolstoy had already written WAR AND PEACE and ANNA KARENINA, novels that would assure him of immortality. He had a wife, a large estate and numerous children; he was 'a happy man' and in good health, yet life had lost all meaning.

A CONFESSION (1879), a poignant fragment of autobiography, describes a crisis familiar to many people. It records Tolstoy's depression and estrangement from the world, his desperate desire to find answers to the simplest questions of life and the beginnings of his passionate intellectual search for 'a practical religion not promising future bliss, but giving bliss on earth'.

A CONFESSION marks the point in Tolstoy's life when he began to turn away from fiction and aesthetics. The three other works collected here - RELIGION AND MORALITY (1893), WHAT IS RELIGION AND OF WHAT DOES ITS ESSENE CONSIST? (1902) and THE LAW OF LOVE AND THE LAW OF VIOLENCE (1908) - are some further fruits of his extraordinary investigations into questions concerning truth.
- Publisher.

IntroductionA ConfessionWhat Is Religion And Of What Does Its Essence Consist?Religion And MoralityThe Law Of Love And The Law Of ViolenceExplanatory Notes
-Publisher

Describing Tolstoy's crisis of depression and estrangement from the world, A Confession (1879) is an autobiographical work of exceptional emotional honesty. By the time he was fifty, Tolstoy had already written the novels that would assure him of literary immortality; he had a wife, a large estate and numerous children; he was 'a happy man' and in good health - yet life had lost its meaning. In this poignant confessional fragment, he records a period of his life when he began to turn away from fiction and aesthetics, and to search instead for 'a practical religion not promising future bliss but giving bliss on earth'. His searingly honest search for spiritual fulfilment also inspires the three other works collected here: Religion and Morality (1893), What is Religion and of What Does Its Essence Consist? (1902) and The Law of Love and the Law of Violence (1908).
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 203243
  • Product Code 0140444734
  • EAN 9780140444735
  • Pages 240
  • Department Academic
  • Category Classic
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Penguin Books
  • Publication Date Jan 1988
  • Sales Rank 15301
  • Dimensions 197 x 125 x 15mm
  • Weight 0.190kg

Leo Tolstoy

Nikolai Tolstoy is a highly recognized and acclaimed historian and biographer. He was the sole beneficiary of his stepfather's will and is one of the trustees of O'Brian's estate.

  • :a Confession And Other Religious Writings Introduction<br>a Confession<br>what Is Religion And Of What Does Its Essence Consist?<br>religion And Morality<br>the Law Of Love And The Law Of Violence<br>explanatory Notes

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