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Divine and human : and other stories

by Leo Tolstoy

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This collection includes three stories gathered together for the first time. In "What For?" a Polish family suffers under the rule of a Russian autocracy. "Divine and Human" portrays a revolutionary terrorist during the time of Alexander II. The final story, "Berries", satirizes liberal Russians during the 1905 revolution. ( )
  jwhenderson | Feb 7, 2017 |
Several short stories about redemption, religion, and innocence. They're not bad, but compared to the rest of Tolstoy, they seem trite. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
Simple. Provoking. My favourites; The Poor People and The Coffee House of Surat.
  vivT | Dec 10, 2007 |
The title story is beyond moving. Tolstoy captures a moment in Russian history, the connectedness of humanity, the frailty of ambition. This story urges the reader to question the foundation of his own reality and to reassess what is worthwhile about living. ( )
  birdmaddgirl | Mar 22, 2007 |
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Divine and Human stands apart as both a landmark in literary history and master-piece of spiritual and ethical reflection. Suppressed in turn by the tzarist and Soviet regime, the tales contained in this book have, for the most part, never been published in English until now. Emerging at last, they offer western readers fresh glimpses of novelist and philosopher Leo Tolstoy. Divine and Human consists of choice selections from The Sunday Reading Stories, the second volume in a two-part work titled The Circle of Reading. In the words of translator Peter Sekirin, 'Tolstoy considered The Circle of Reading to be the major work of his life. Considering its difficult history, it is not surprising that only recently has it been rediscovered.' From its sparkling vignettes to its lengthier stories, Divine and Human probes the complexities of life and faith. Its characters range the spectrum of human emotions and qualities, from hatred to love and joy to grief; from sublime nobility to grotesque self-absorption. Tolstoy's world, though far-removed from today's information age, becomes our world -- indeed, has always been and always will be our world. Motor cars may have replaced horse-drawn cars, but human hearts remain the same, and questions of truth, mercy, forgiveness, devotion, justice, and the nature of God knock as insistently on the doors of our lives today as they did in Tolstoy's time. Welcome, then, to Divine and Human: a buried treasure at last unearthed, and certain to be prized by Tolstoy readers and lovers of great literature.

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Divine and Human is a collection of previously undiscovered and untranslated (into English) stories by the great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy that probes the complexities of life and faith.

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