9781570754609

Walk in the Light & Twenty-Three Tales

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  • ISBN13:

    9781570754609

  • ISBN10:

    1570754608

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-11-01
  • Publisher: Orbis Books

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Summary

Long hailed one of the western world's greatest writers, Leo Tolstoy is best known for his novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Yet the undiminished popularity of his shorter works-including the two dozen collected here-attests to his equal prowess as a master of the story. Uncluttered by the complexities of plot and character that daunt so many readers of the longer Russian masterpieces, Tolstoy's tales illuminate eternal truths with forceful brevity. While inspired by a sense of spiritual certainty, their narrative quality, subtle humor, and visionary power lift them far above the common run of "religious" literature. Moralists purport to tell us what our lives should mean, and how we should live them. Tolstoy, on the other hand, has an uncanny gift for simply conveying what it means to be truly alive. From "Walk in the Light," a parable-like piece that reflects Tolstoy's fascination with the early Christians, to beloved tales such as "Ivan the Fool," "A Prisoner in the Caucasus," and "What Men Live By," the stories in this volume have stood the test of time for over a century. Together they form a treasure-trove you will want to return to often. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

WALK IN THE LIGHT WHILE THERE IS LIGHT
A TALK AMONG LEISURED PEOPLE
3(5)
WALK IN THE LIGHT WHILE THERE IS LIGHT
8(61)
TWENTY-THREE TALES
PART I TALES FOR CHILDREN
1. GOD SEES THE TRUTH, BUT WAITS
69(9)
2. A PRISONER IN THE CAUCASUS
78(30)
3. THE BEAR-HUNT
108(13)
PART II POPULAR STORIES
4. WHAT MEN LIVE BY
121(24)
5. A SPARK NEGLECTED BURNS THE HOUSE
145(17)
6. TWO OLD MEN
162(26)
7. WHERE LOVE IS, GOD IS
188(17)
PART III A FAIRY TALE
8. THE STORY OF IVAN THE FOOL
205(34)
PART IV STORIES WRITTEN TO PICTURES
9. EVIL ALLURES, BUT GOOD ENDURES
239(3)
10. LITTLE GIRLS WISER THAN MEN
242(3)
11. ILYAS
245(16)
PART V FOLKTALES RETOLD
12. THE THREE HERMITS 2S
S3
13. THE IMP AND THE CRUST
261(4)
14. HOW MUCH LAND DOES A MAN NEED?
265(18)
15. A GRAIN AS BIG AS A HENS EGG
283(3)
16. THE GODSON
286(20)
17. THE REPENTANT SINNER
306(3)
18. THE EMPTY DRUM
309(12)
PART VI ADAPTATIONS FROM THE FRENCH
19. THE COFFEEHOUSE OF SURET
321(8)
20. TOO DEAR!
329(8)
PART VII STORIES GIVEN TO AID THE PERSECUTED JEWS
21. ESARHADDON, KING OF ASSYRIA
337(7)
22. WORK, DEATH, AND SICKNESS: A LEGEND
344(3)
23. THREE QUESTIONS
347

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