Each of the tales in this collection exhibits the rich detail, vivid narration, and startling truths that characterize Tolstoy's famous novels. two unusual, intriguing short stories - "Three Deaths" and "The Three Hermits" - appear here, along with four powerful short stories: "Family Happiness", "The Devil", "Father Sergius" and "Master and Man". "Family Happiness", the first story in this compilation, features a recurrent Tolstoyan theme": "The only certain happiness in life is to live for others." Written over a period of 40 years or more, these works display the author's evolving perspectives on love, marriage, temptation, goodness and redemption. They offer an eclectic introduction to the great Russian writer's fiction as well as a feast for those already acquainted with the pleasures of reading Tolstoy.