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The Kreutzer Sonata (1889)

by Leo Tolstoy

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Mare figură Tolstoi ăsta!...

Povestioara e plină de idei exotice. Dar nu aş merge aşa departe ca puritanul de Theodore Roosevelt să spun că Tolstoi e un pervers sexual.

O recomand ca lectură obligatorie pentru cei care vor să se căsătorească. Nu în felul unei povestioare moralizatoare din care să se extragă înţelepciune de viaţă, ci ca o pauză, un respiro înainte de saltul în viaţa de cuplu. ( )
  mariusgm | Sep 12, 2014 |
A far cry in length from War & Peace but nonetheless this little novella packs quite the punch. On a train journey, passengers begin to gossip about a story they’ve heard of a man killing his wife. Much to their horror, he turns out to be in their very compartment and begins to tell his tale.

The novel is told in very short chapters and, for added irony, I listened to this as an audio book read by a husband and wife team on Librivox.org.

Tolstoy uses the novel to convey his strong opinions on immorality and marriage. It was his firm conviction that society’s tolerance of profligate male youth was wrong, particularly as it hypocritically frowned on any woman who dared to take lovers. He felt that women were victims of this immorality both before marriage and then within it.

The narrator tells of how his crime has led him to a clear view of what

he now realises was the deplorable behaviour of his youth. Once married, his immorality is barely checked and his relationship with his wife sours over the years. Finally, he is consumed with jealousy over what he suspects is an affair she is having with a violinist. The eponymous Sonata is a piece of music they make together. In a fit of rage, he kills her.

There are no real spoilers here. The narrator is pretty up front and honest from the start and the story is easy to follow as the tension builds to the inevitable crime. I liked the vehicle that Tolstoy uses for this bold attack on immorality and, as should be the case with a classic, there is much here that is still relevant today. This would make an excellent read for a book club because it is short, engaging and raises plenty of questions worth discussing. ( )
  arukiyomi | Sep 12, 2014 |
Praised by many as Tolstoy's best short story—or novella, really—I'm shocked that I've never read this until now, if only for the reason that Tolstoy's best inevitably means one of the best novellas ever written. And The Kreutzer Sonata is definitely that; it's also one of the beginning texts of existentialist literature, and I can imagine Camus and even Proust reading this with relish.

In a mere hundred or so pages, Tolstoy attacks everything: the oppressive system of gender inequality; the class system; capitalism, money, and the ignorance in which children are reared; marriage; religion; medicine; the legal system—in short, every subject under the sun is scrutinized and unashamedly bashed to pieces here, in a novella that renders the act of confession as the only means of redemption in a world of lost faith, principles, and morals, a motif that pairs this rather well with Camus's La chute, whose own narrator seems oddly reminiscent at times with Tolstoy's in Kreutzer.

One can see why this was banned and why there was such a scandal when Tolstoy published this in 1889, and many of its subjects and concerns are still sadly relevant today. ( )
  proustitute | Jul 17, 2014 |
Praised by many as Tolstoy's best short story—or novella, really—I'm shocked that I've never read this until now, if only for the reason that Tolstoy's best inevitably means one of the best novellas ever written. And The Kreutzer Sonata is definitely that; it's also one of the beginning texts of existentialist literature, and I can imagine Camus and even Proust reading this with relish.

In a mere hundred or so pages, Tolstoy attacks everything: the oppressive system of gender inequality; the class system; capitalism, money, and the ignorance in which children are reared; marriage; religion; medicine; the legal system—in short, every subject under the sun is scrutinized and unashamedly bashed to pieces here, in a novella that renders the act of confession as the only means of redemption in a world of lost faith, principles, and morals, a motif that pairs this rather well with Camus's La chute, whose own narrator seems oddly reminiscent at times with Tolstoy's in Kreutzer.

One can see why this was banned and why there was such a scandal when Tolstoy published this in 1889, and many of its subjects and concerns are still sadly relevant today. ( )
  proustitute | Jul 17, 2014 |
"The Kreutzer Sonata" is a fascinating short novella by Leo Tolstoy. This is a quick and easy read but also pretty interesting.

The tale focuses on two passengers on a train -- one man talks about how he killed his wife in a jealous rage while promoting the idea of sexual abstinence. There's a lot here to examine in this short work. ( )
  amerynth | Dec 21, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812968239, Paperback)

When Marshal of the Nobility Pozdnyshev suspects his wife of having an affair with her music partner, his jealousy consumes him and drives him to murder. Controversial upon publication in 1890, The Kreutzer Sonata illuminates Tolstoy’s then-feverish Christian ideals, his conflicts with lust and the hypocrisies of nineteenth-century marriage, and his thinking on the role of art and music in society.

In her Introduction, Doris Lessing shows how relevant The Kreutzer Sonata is to our understanding of Tolstoy the artist, as well as to feminism and literature. This Modern Library Paperback Classic also contains Tolstoy’s Sequel to the Kruetzer Sonata.

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"When Marshal of the Nobility Pozdnyshev suspects his wife of having an affair with her music partner, his jealousy consumes him and drives him to murder. Controversial upon publication in 1890, The Kreutzer Sonata illuminates Tolstoy's then-feverish Christian ideals, his conflicts with lust and the hypocrisies of nineteenth-century marriage, and his thinking on the role of art and music in society." "In her Introduction, Doris Lessing shows how relevant The Kreutzer Sonata is to our understanding of Tolstoy the artist, as well as to feminism and literature. This Modern Library Paperback Classic also contains Tolstoy's sequel to The Kreutzer Sonata."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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