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The Kreutzer Sonata (1889)

by Leo Tolstoy

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    JuliaMaria: "Eine Frage der Schuld" gibt die Antwort der Ehefrau von Tolstoi auf die Kreutzersonate. Beide mit autobiographischen Bezügen.
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The story of a man and his marriage. Interesting insights on marriage and jealousy. Ends badly for the wife. ( )
  AmieB7 | Jan 21, 2016 |
Beethoven's "Kreutzer Sonata" is full of emotion, so no wonder it serves as a sort of a turning point in this novella whose story is so heart-rending. The distraught protagonist pours his heart out to a stranger on the train - giving his own pessimistic definition of "love", proclaiming the mockery of marriage within his class level in Russian society, and how his own poisonous relationship with his wife develops and is doomed from the start. The emotional torment permeates the novella and denouement is disastrous.

I think this novella is monumental in the amount of meaning it carries as to its criticism of Russian society of that era. (To get a better feel of the storyline I had the famous sonata playing quietly in the background as I was reading). Tolstoy is more known for his longer and epical novels, so it was interesting to see him "squeeze" so much meaning in this short novella. But it was obviously what he observed and wanted to express. I wish I can get my hands on the Russian version one day - this is not to say that the translation (by Louise and Aylmer Maude) was not adequate, for it was. ( )
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No-recomendado por Lau

Propósitos de este desafío:Leer de principio a fin libros considerados "malos". Mi intención es encontrar al menos UNA cualidad buena en ellos y reseñarlos objetivamente siguiendo 20 puntos a desarrollar brevemente. (Los puntos varían según el género del que se trate.)

Si tienen ganas de No-recomendarme otros libros pueden comentar
por acá o ACÁ. ¡Cualquier género es bienvenido! Cuanto más variado, mejor :)
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
Benjamin R. Tucker, in The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories, 1889; ( )
  sharrya | Jan 22, 2015 |
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 |
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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 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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