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[THIS KINDLE BOOK QUALITY IS GUARANTEED: It has been carefully edited with a fully interactive content.] Resurrection, first published in 1899, was the last novel written by Leo Tolstoy. The book is the last of his major long fiction works published in his lifetime. Tolstoy intended the novel as an exposition of the injustice of man-made laws and the hypocrisy of the inst [THIS KINDLE BOOK QUALITY IS GUARANTEED: It has been carefully edited with a fully interactive content.] Resurrection, first published in 1899, was the last novel written by Leo Tolstoy. The book is the last of his major long fiction works published in his lifetime. Tolstoy intended the novel as an exposition of the injustice of man-made laws and the hypocrisy of the institutionalized church. The novel also explores the economic philosophy of Georgism, of which Tolstoy had become a very strong advocate towards the end of his life, and explains the theory in detail. It was first published serially in the popular weekly magazine Niva in an effort to raise funds for the resettlement of the Dukhobors. BONUS : • Resurrection Audiobook. • The 19 Best Leo Tolstoy Quotes. • Biography of Leo Tolstoy ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: Rutilus classics publishes great works of literature at an affordable price. Our books have been carefully edited with a fully interactive content.


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[THIS KINDLE BOOK QUALITY IS GUARANTEED: It has been carefully edited with a fully interactive content.] Resurrection, first published in 1899, was the last novel written by Leo Tolstoy. The book is the last of his major long fiction works published in his lifetime. Tolstoy intended the novel as an exposition of the injustice of man-made laws and the hypocrisy of the inst [THIS KINDLE BOOK QUALITY IS GUARANTEED: It has been carefully edited with a fully interactive content.] Resurrection, first published in 1899, was the last novel written by Leo Tolstoy. The book is the last of his major long fiction works published in his lifetime. Tolstoy intended the novel as an exposition of the injustice of man-made laws and the hypocrisy of the institutionalized church. The novel also explores the economic philosophy of Georgism, of which Tolstoy had become a very strong advocate towards the end of his life, and explains the theory in detail. It was first published serially in the popular weekly magazine Niva in an effort to raise funds for the resettlement of the Dukhobors. BONUS : • Resurrection Audiobook. • The 19 Best Leo Tolstoy Quotes. • Biography of Leo Tolstoy ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: Rutilus classics publishes great works of literature at an affordable price. Our books have been carefully edited with a fully interactive content.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Steven Godin

    At half the size of 'War and Peace' and two thirds the length of 'Anna Karenina' Tolstoy's Resurrection is every bit as epic, and probably his most controversial novel that appears to have strong political and religious implications as the backbone to the story, and what a story. A later Novel for Tolstoy written in 1899 under the leadership of Tsar Nicholas II and an empire repressing political opposition in the centre and on the far left. Starting out as a courtroom drama we soon get drawn int At half the size of 'War and Peace' and two thirds the length of 'Anna Karenina' Tolstoy's Resurrection is every bit as epic, and probably his most controversial novel that appears to have strong political and religious implications as the backbone to the story, and what a story. A later Novel for Tolstoy written in 1899 under the leadership of Tsar Nicholas II and an empire repressing political opposition in the centre and on the far left. Starting out as a courtroom drama we soon get drawn into a hugely deep and moving narrative of an unjust system of criminal law, poverty and wealth at each end of the spectrum and one man's personally crusade of redemption for a life lived where he uses his high position in society to take advantage of others. That man is Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov who after being called for jury duty discovers to his horror one of three persons on trial is Katyusha, a beautiful young lady who he once seduced and then cruelly abandoned during his time in the armed services. He learns of her plight working in a brothel where she may or may not have been set up to poison a client to steal money, so Nekhlyudov is sent back into the past to realise that he really did love her and soon wants to know as much as possible about the case to try and get her acquitted as he is burdened with guilt for what she had become. Convinced she is innocent of her crime he goes about in any way possible to try and save her as it's harsh labour in Siberia the likely outcome if charged, even willing to give up his life of luxury to be by Katyusha's side regardless of any outcome and to take her hand in marriage, for which she refuses. Nekhlyudov uses his prestige as a well thought of man to try and shake up the foundations of scathing injustice, corruption and hypocrisy at the top level of society. The psychological portrait of Dmitri is quite outstanding as we see him change from an empty, comfortable individual to a man of steely resolute and emotion. The squalid conditions and other prisoners stories he hears while visiting Katyusha awaiting her fate are just not fair in his eyes and starts to help others as well. As for Katyusha she is difficult to read, she doesn't really care for her own injustices anymore and tends to use Nekhlyudov for the benefit of other inmates, spending time locked up has clearly effected her mind and the Prince see's a completely changed person from the one that he once knew. Using a vast array of deeply drawn characters we get a panoramic view of Russian life, from pheasants, convicts and aristocrats, to wealthy politicians, prison guards and lawyers both defending and prosecuting. Tolstoy is such a great storyteller, mixing gritty realism with compassionate kindhearted warmth. Two things that make Resurrection an almost perfect novel is his gift at Characterization and also fluid writing, as this makes it really hard to find a suitable place to stop reading. It doesn't have the pace of an intense thriller but is in no way a slow-burner either, it's just about spot on, and the novel as a whole is no doubt a Russian masterpiece. Also have to give penguin classics a lot of credit as this version is impeccable, with a great introduction, bonus material and a wonderful translation by Anthony Briggs who has worked on other Russian classics.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Воскресение = Voskreseniye = Waskriesienie = Resurrection, Leo Tolstoy Resurrection, first published in 1899, was the last novel written by Leo Tolstoy. The book is the last of his major long fiction works published in his lifetime. Tolstoy intended the novel as an exposition of the injustice of man-made laws and the hypocrisy of the institutionalized church. The novel also explores the economic philosophy of Georgism, of which Tolstoy had become a very strong advocate towards the end of his lif Воскресение = Voskreseniye = Waskriesienie = Resurrection, Leo Tolstoy Resurrection, first published in 1899, was the last novel written by Leo Tolstoy. The book is the last of his major long fiction works published in his lifetime. Tolstoy intended the novel as an exposition of the injustice of man-made laws and the hypocrisy of the institutionalized church. The novel also explores the economic philosophy of Georgism, of which Tolstoy had become a very strong advocate towards the end of his life, and explains the theory in detail. It was first published serially in the popular weekly magazine Niva in an effort to raise funds for the resettlement of the Doukhobors. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: در روزهای ماه اکتبر سال 2002 میلادی عنوان: رستاخیز؛ اثر: لی یف (لئو) نیکالایویچ تولستوی؛ مترجم: غلامعلی وحید مازندرانی؛ تهران، پدیده، 1315، در 307 ص، قیمت 6 ریال؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان روسیه - سده 19 م مترجم: محمدعلی شیرازی، تهران، انتشارات شرق، 1339، در 212 ص؛ بازنشر: تهران، انتشارات اردیبهشت، 1363؛ در 184 ص؛ مترجم: محمد مجلسی؛ تهران، دنیای نو، 1385، در 643 ص، شابک: 9648263345؛ ترجمه از متن انگلیسی؛ مترجم: رضوی؛ مرتضی اصغری؛ تهران، اشجع: میکائیل، 1388، در 685 ص، شابک: 9789642613229؛ ترجمه از متن انگلیسی؛ مترجم: اسکندر ذبیحیان؛ تهران، توس، 1389، در 780 ص، شابک: 9789643157005؛ ترجمه از متن روسی؛ جوانی اصیل زاده و اشرافی، عاشق ندیمه ی زیبا و جوانِ عمه هایش میشود، و دامن ایشان را لکه دار میکند. ندیمه ی جوان به عالم فساد و فحشا سقوط میکند، و سالهای متمادی برای تأمین معاش خود، به خودفروشی میپردازد، تا اینکه قتلی صورت میگیرد، و ندیمه ی معصوم به عنوان متهم درجه اول در دادگاه حاضر میشود. جوان اصیل زاده که ده سال پیشتر دامن دختر جوان را لکه دار کرده، جزو هیأت منصفه است. جوان اصیل زاده وقتی در دادگاه زن جوان را ملاقات، و از سرنوشت شوم و دردناک زن جوان، آگاه میشود، میفهمد که به دلیل یک لحظه کامجویی او؛ چگونه دختر بیگناهی به مغاک انحطاط و تیرگی، سقوط کرده، او برای جبران گناه خود، به پا میخیزد. ولی آیا میتواند آب رفته را دوباره به جوی بازگرداند، و سعادت از دست رفته ی دختر جوان و نگونبخت را به او بازگرداند...؛ ا. شربیانی

  3. 4 out of 5

    Henry Avila

    What starts off as a seduction by a Russian nobleman of a orphan peasant girl , in the late 19th century during the Czarist era , will as pages turn and the flow of life advances into the unknown future , consequences follow, bad or good you the reader must decide. Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov, from Moscow, heir to vast estates is visiting two aunts of his Maria and Sophia, who worship him, in their home in the countryside, they are large landowners too. Just nineteen, Dimitri is a student at the un What starts off as a seduction by a Russian nobleman of a orphan peasant girl , in the late 19th century during the Czarist era , will as pages turn and the flow of life advances into the unknown future , consequences follow, bad or good you the reader must decide. Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov, from Moscow, heir to vast estates is visiting two aunts of his Maria and Sophia, who worship him, in their home in the countryside, they are large landowners too. Just nineteen, Dimitri is a student at the university, which he does more carousing than studying, constantly pestering his widowed mother, Princess Elena for more money. Katerina ( Katusha) Maslova , very pretty , a few years younger than the Prince has no family except an aunt, Matrona, that isn't involved with her, Katerina's mother , a promiscuous woman gave birth to many children without the benefit of a marriage license. And presided over those so carelessly... letting them go into the earth gladly, truth be told she forgot to feed the babies. Katerina had good fortune though, her mother's sister, that same relative, mentioned before, felt sorry for the child, didn't help, she was so adorable and somehow survived . When the two old, lonely ladies the owners of the property fell in love with the baby, they first saw, brought her into their house and raised Katerina. As both a servant and daughter, hence the Prince smitten by the girl , wants her (as he feels, he has every right to Katerina), at first she resists but after another visit succumbs. The cycle begins again an illegitimate son born and dies, and Katerina forced out. Men always chase the beautiful woman and she loses servant jobs, the ladies of the house quite insist . In the end the only option, becoming a prostitute, but miracles occur, while Maslova is on trial for a crime she didn't commit the surprised Prince is a member of the jury. Thus they meet again, ten years later, Dimitri feels remorseful, he will try to help the woman, she doesn't recognize him at first. Guilt consumes him, he is responsible for the girl's situation, her decent to the bottom, the depravity, coarseness, both smoking, and drinking, just imagine , the ultimate degradation still, the very scandalous behavior living in a not respectable residence obviously too, and she an innocent woman until he spoiled her. The ruin of Katerina's whole life, all falls on his lap. Dimitri has to make amends, nothing else will relief his ceaseless pain. Even going to Siberia... to aid and try to alleviate the inhuman conditions of the suffering prisoners and particularly Katerina, the woman be loves, he says. Nevertheless the convicts die and die... His family , start to think this strange behavior may be a sign of a mental breakdown, he is even trying to give the peasants his land in a convoluted way. Tolstoy, more interested in his philosophy (Georgism, from American writer Henry George) than deep characterization, in this novel , pontificates his belief that everyone is equal, the lowest to the highest. Criminals should be forgiven no matter what they did...Not a popular notion today. This novel because of its risque material, sold more books in his lifetime than his two great classics, War and Peace and Anna Karenina...that has changed ...

  4. 4 out of 5

    MJ Nicholls

    Ignore the cynics. Tolstoy's novel is a moralistic tale, yes, but the finest you are ever going to read. Life-changing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Corinne

    What moved me the most in this novel is: how true is what Tolstoy says about the judicial system, even in our world of today. And this is not just in France, but all over the world. When I read those sections on judicial errors, imprisonment for lack of official papers, inhuman treatment of prisoners, and the fallacy of the 'correctional system', I really had the impression that very little has changed since his time. But, before I get carried out, here are some more points that also moved me dee What moved me the most in this novel is: how true is what Tolstoy says about the judicial system, even in our world of today. And this is not just in France, but all over the world. When I read those sections on judicial errors, imprisonment for lack of official papers, inhuman treatment of prisoners, and the fallacy of the 'correctional system', I really had the impression that very little has changed since his time. But, before I get carried out, here are some more points that also moved me deeply, as I could relate to all them personally: Nekhludoff’s internal void, when he feels he has not really done anything useful so far, to give a meaning to his life. Then he is called into the jury duty, where he sees how his former recklessness has ruined the life of a woman and her child. And, he decides to act. His transformation is not a linear process. At every instant, he is struggling with two internal forces, equally valid and equally strong, and it’s hard to tell which one is going to win. Tolstoy does a great job in unravelling this process, this severe inner conflict in depth, and the gradual change in the lifestyle of Nekhludoff. Maslova, over whom Nekhludoff has this conflict, doesn’t make his job easy either. In a less experienced writer’s hand, she would have fallen for Nekhludoff's offer immediately, but that would have been unrealistic, and the story would have lost its challenge. In fact, at the end, just the opposite of what’s expected happens! Yet, what happens also appeases the heart of Nekhludoff, and we see his true sacrifice. Isn't this how life is really? Nekhludoff had stopped believing in himself and started believing in others. This gave him a serious conflict between his conscience and animal instincts; unconsciously, he started to hate himself, thus others as well. When he starts to believe himself again, he feels tender toward himself, experiences a freedom and joy he has never known before. This is something I can relate to, both in my professional and personal world; it gave me the courage to be like him even more. Nekhludoff had become so obsessed with the 'social mirrors' that, even when he started to act for Maslova, he kept asking himself if he was really doing all that for his conscience, or to look good in the eyes of others. This is so true! No matter how hard I try, my old habit of looking into the social mirrors always comes back. I loved Tolstoy’s insight where he shows how Maslove reasons in favor of her ‘profession’, to give a meaning to her life. This is something I've always done about my job of a business consultant, although I know how wrong I am. Yet, I have to keep this job to feed mouths. Then Maslova starts to transform during her travel across Siberia, under the influence of those two fellow prisoners, whose opinions become important to her. She changes, to live up to their eyes, because she feels they care for her. This happened to me too, when I met someone who cared for me. In fact, in one novel, Tolstoy has enacted two great resurrections: one of Nekhludoff and one of Maslova!!! Now, coming back to the judicial system. I absolutely agree with the paragraph where Tolstoy says that those who are the most nervous, strongest, talented, yet the least careful and lacking cunning, fall victim to the judicial systems. And, the ‘correctional methods’ are total misnomers, because they correct nothing; only destroy the individual. This is a universal phenomenon, as I've seen. How can we 'correct' people, by confining them behind bars, by humiliating them? Why call these methods 'correctional' at all? Can't we think of better means? Let's hope.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Darwin8u

    “The whole trouble lies in that people think that there are conditions excluding the necessity of love in their intercourse with man, but such conditions do not exist. Things may be treated without love; one may chop wood, make bricks, forge iron without love, but one can no more deal with people without love than one can handle bees without care.” - Leo Tolstoy, Ressurection While not as big or beautiful as Tolstoy's great, BIG novels (War and Peace, Anna Karenina), there is still something gran “The whole trouble lies in that people think that there are conditions excluding the necessity of love in their intercourse with man, but such conditions do not exist. Things may be treated without love; one may chop wood, make bricks, forge iron without love, but one can no more deal with people without love than one can handle bees without care.” - Leo Tolstoy, Ressurection While not as big or beautiful as Tolstoy's great, BIG novels (War and Peace, Anna Karenina), there is still something grand and beautiful about 'Resurrection'. The novel is basically a critique of both organized religion and the injustices of criminal law and justice. It tells the story of a noble (Nekhlyudov) who recognizes a woman (Maslova) he ruined in his youth while serving on a jury. Through careless mistakes, institutional inflexibility, and apathy, Maslova eventually is sentenced to live in Siberia. The novel is the story of Nekhlyudov's journey of abandoning his old life (wealth, property, class) and following Maslova to Siberia. It is a story of Nekhlyudov's search for redemption from his past, his awaking to the reality of how the state and its bureaucracy crushes both the innocent and the poor, and a philosophical examination of how the fundamental's of Christianity are often overlooked by the State (and organized religion) when people lose sight of the very basic idea of loving other people. While reading the novel I was constantly thinking of Ferguson. I was wondering how Tolstoy would approach the heavy incarceration rates of black Americans. It seems he would write a novel pretty close to the one he wrote in 1899. It is amazing to me how similar our times really are. Social injustice seems to always exist. That is why you can have Dickens, Tolstoy, Orwell, Sinclair, Baldwin, Steinbeck, etc., all writing about similar themes on different continents and in different eras and they all seem to capture the same mood with the same type of power.

  7. 4 out of 5

    MihaElla

    This was said repeatedly before, hence I take myself the liberty to appeal to it because this book puts a lot of emphasis on it. As a gentle and kind reminder, the real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death. Or, as for the very suggestive title of the book, the ultimate meaning of the resurrection is a death of the old and birth of the new. But, first thing first, what is (the) old, what is (the) new? And, what it happens when th This was said repeatedly before, hence I take myself the liberty to appeal to it because this book puts a lot of emphasis on it. As a gentle and kind reminder, the real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death. Or, as for the very suggestive title of the book, the ultimate meaning of the resurrection is a death of the old and birth of the new. But, first thing first, what is (the) old, what is (the) new? And, what it happens when this breaking out (the transformation process, or resurrection in itself) is too precipitous and violent? Well, as per evidence, the mind may lose its balance more or less permanently, mostly depending on one’s own inner constitution. In some cases, the effect is not very grave, severe, and the crisis may pass without leaving deep marks.. But, of course, this is not the case for Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy. He was affected deeply and irrevocably. That is why he reflected himself through his characters, either through their inherent tendencies or on account of the influence of the environment upon their plastic constitution. Eventually, the spiritual resurrection or awakening stirs them up to the very depths of their personality. It is the time he is asked to choose between the “everlasting no” and the “everlasting yes”… But the prince in the book (or the count in real life) being so long accustomed to the oppression of the intellect, obviously the mental inertia becomes hard to remove. In fact, it has gone down deep into the roots of his being, so now the whole structure of his personality is to be shattered, overturned. The process of resurrection is stained with struggles, tears, blood (not physically but more like a faster internal circulatory process…), deep pain, mental anguish, but again but, it is only after such pain and turbulence that all the internal, profound and solid, impurities are purged and he is – presumably – reborn with a new outlook on life, on its meaning, on its purpose, sense, etc. – as if all these words doesn’t mean one and the same thing... Apparently, this is a story about “the saved one”, an illegitimate dark-eyed girl that in her youth years became unusually lively and pretty, and her presence cheered everyone. She grew up half servant, half lady. She was wooed, but would marry no one, feeling that life with any one of her wooers would be hard, spoiled, as she was, more or less, by the comparative ease she enjoyed in the manor. But life ceased to have any charms for her when an event happened that basically consummated her ruin, and from that day she began to lead a life that in most cases ends in painful disease, premature decrepitude and death.. Profoundly, this is a story about social injustice, private ownership, mother land, about courtrooms and the penal judicial system, about convicts and jails, about exploits, exploited and exploiters, about corruption and antagonistic feelings, harsh indecent regulations, and lots of blockheads, and also lots of cold, hungry, idling, sickly, degraded, brutalized human beings... And it’s also about a man who is trying to correct his customary habits of life, whose soul was being racked by a fierce and complicated struggle, and is pleased with the consciousness of performing an important duty (civic and personal too) by trying to save the one who’s life he has ruined in her youth, as root cause. Some fortuitous meeting brings everything to his mind, and compels the acknowledgement of his heartlessness, cruelty and baseness which made it possible for him to live undisturbed by the sin which lay on his conscience. The task of his life – after he assumed a new meaning in life – is to “seek the truth and the kingdom of God, and the rest will come of itself”. If he succeeded or not, that is for the author to know only. According to the book of books, when they were about to crucify Jesus, Pilate asked him a question. “What is truth?”. And Jesus remained silent. Something has always been said – even if it is only that nothing can be said. But I have always felt that Pilate understood. Only because he was a Roman, he might have understood 😉 Well, that happens usually when more languages are being used. One speaks of the other world, another speaks of this world and takes every word literally.. Wrapped in my own crazy thoughts with various mingled feelings filling my chest, I am exceedingly glad that I managed to read this book. It’s an absolutely remarkable novel, unique in its own way, same as the other famous masterpieces of Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pavel

    I have NO idea why this book is less popular then "War and Peace" or "Anna Karenina". Zero ideas. Look at goodreaders: "AK" - 25,866 ratings, "WaP" - 11,258 ratings, "Resurrection" - 691 ratings. This is so unfair. I would never risk to write an actual review on this text, but reading it was one of the biggest turning points in my life at some point.

  9. 5 out of 5

    El

    Dear Tolstoy: I heart you. Love, El. ______________________ I had some reservations about reading this book because I knew going into it that it was the last novel he wrote, and I know that in his later years he became especially religious and it showed in his writing, and jeez, do we really need more of that sort of preachiness? Apparently we do. Resurrection isn't as popular as Tolstoy's other two major novels, Anna Karenina and War and Peace, nor is it as long as those others. Apparently when it was Dear Tolstoy: I heart you. Love, El. ______________________ I had some reservations about reading this book because I knew going into it that it was the last novel he wrote, and I know that in his later years he became especially religious and it showed in his writing, and jeez, do we really need more of that sort of preachiness? Apparently we do. Resurrection isn't as popular as Tolstoy's other two major novels, Anna Karenina and War and Peace, nor is it as long as those others. Apparently when it was first published, however, it outsold both Anna Karenina and War and Peace before its popularity waned over the years. I'll agree that it's not as broad in scope or vision, but the story itself still managed to intrigue me. When Prince Nekhlyudov is called to serve on a jury, he realizes that one of the accused is Katusha Maslova, a woman he recognizes from his younger days. She had served as a maid in his house, at which time he was a pig, seduced her, and abandoned her after; she lost her job because of it, and she had to prostitute herself in order to survive. It's through this new occupation that she is arrested and tried for murder; Nekhlyudov realizes (a bit melodramatically) that had he not treated her the way he had, she would not have come to this end. He spends his time trying to save her from being sent to Siberia, knowing that she could not possibly have done what she was accused of doing. Unlike Anna Karenina and War and Peace, Resurrection takes place primarily in the prison, or in Nekhlyudov's immediate surroundings. The focus is on him for the most part as he struggles with the realization that there's an entire other side to life than he has been aware of all these years, that things aren't quite as rosy as they have been for him as an aristocrat. He's guilty in the way he has lived and strives to make the world a better place by changing society however he can. A bit of an idealist, that Nekhlyudov, but then it seems everyone goes through a phase like that in their life. Some of the complaints I've seen about this book is the heavy-handed nature of Tolstoy's writing. He was on a mission with this book, and it's pretty apparent in the writing, particularly in the last 75-100 pages or so. Tolstoy's characters all had beef with some group or another, and they at one time or another take shots at criminals, landowners and aristocrats, peasants and the poor, the penal system, Russians, Christians, Germans, suffragettes, Nihilists, Socialists, etc. Nekhlyudov spends a considerable amount of time talking with different people and discussing/arguing their beliefs in his effort to see how the other part of society lives. For the first time in his life the rose-tinted glasses have come off and he's aware of the social changes that needed to be made, and he absolutely became a mouthpiece for Tolstoy's personal opinions on how the incarcerated are treated. But for some reason I didn't find it distracting. Probably because Tolstoy could puke on a piece of paper, put a cover on it, and I would read it. As Occupy Wall Street has become such a huge social campaign in our own time, I couldn't help but read Tolstoy with that in the back of my mind. I believe he would have plenty to say about the movement. "Forgive me, but that is not so: every thief knows that stealing is wrong and that he ought not to steal - that stealing is wicked," said Rogozhinsky, with a calm, self-assured, slightly contemptuous smile which specially irritated Nekhlyudov. "No, he does not. You tell him: 'Don't steal!' and he sees the factory owners stealing his labour by keeping back his wages; he knows that the Government, with all its officials, never stops robbing him by means of taxes." "This sounds like anarchism," Rogozhinsky said, quietly defining the meaning of his brother-in-law's words. "I don't know what it sounds like. I only know what happens," Nekhlyudov continued. "He knows that the Government robs him; he knows that we land proprietors robbed him long ago when we took the land which ought to be common property. And now if he gathers a few sticks from that stolen land to light his fire we clap him in gaol and tell him he's a thief. Of course he knows that not he but the man who robbed him of the land is the thief, and that ever restitution of what has been stolen from him is a duty he owes to his family." What strikes me the most is just how little issues have changed - apparently Russian society in 1899 isn't all that different from American society in 2011, and that's actually a pretty depressing thought.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ivana Books Are Magic

    Perhaps Resurrection is not Tolstoy at its best, but even so, this novel is a powerful piece of writing, a gem of philosophy and a great insight into Tolstoy's thinking. It is definitely a novel that spoke to me, and even if I don't agree with all of the Tolstoy's thoughts in this book, I was touched, inspired and provoked by this book. What more can a reader want? The characters were intriguing, but often they were a bit overshadowed by the strong philosophical aspect of this novel. Quite frank Perhaps Resurrection is not Tolstoy at its best, but even so, this novel is a powerful piece of writing, a gem of philosophy and a great insight into Tolstoy's thinking. It is definitely a novel that spoke to me, and even if I don't agree with all of the Tolstoy's thoughts in this book, I was touched, inspired and provoked by this book. What more can a reader want? The characters were intriguing, but often they were a bit overshadowed by the strong philosophical aspect of this novel. Quite frankly, I was left hungry for more insight into the main female character's motivations and inner states, especially as the novel progressed. Much is said in this novel and it is as much a commentary about the Russian society of its time, as a study on the human nature. To be more precise, the fight between materialistic and spiritual aspect of a human being is often the main topic of this novel. Tolstoy touched on many subjects in this one, from anticipating social revolutions to come with his talk about workers (farmers) rights to his thoughts on penal systems. Tolstoy expressed an abundance of ideas and really developed his critical thinking in this book. Still, for me personally Resurrection pales in comparison with his better known works such as Anna Karenina or War and Peace. I think it's because I found it easier to relate to characters in Anna Karenina and War and Peace. In addition, I don't like how in this novel Tolstoy sort of ignores the female characters. In other works of his that I have read, female characters were always portrayed with great care. Here it's not the case. Everything sort of resolves around the main character Nekhlyudov and his quest for spiritual awakening. I didn't like him as much as I expected, especially as the novel progressed, and when you have issues with the protagonist, that gets into the way of enjoying the book. Some readers have complained about the moralizing and didactic tone of this book. On overall, I didn't find this novel to be too moralistic. Yes, the narrative is a bit "preachy" at times, but most of the time, the story makes sense. Moreover, the novel even offers some fresh ideas. In the first part of the book, I could only complain about the repetitiveness of some 'moralistic thoughts'. However, towards the ending I did get the impression that Tolstoy was pushing some of his ideas onto his readers, and it was a bit too much for my liking. In that sense, the novel isn't as well balanced as his other works. I have to say that I wasn't impressed with his puritan conclusion. The way the main character 'figured' everything out didn't sit well with me. The ending did disappoint me a little, I have to admit that. I wanted to know what happened with the characters, but instead of a proper ending, we got an interpretation of the Bible. Now, philosophical writing is not the easiest thing to balance with this kind of novel- and somehow the ending just didn't cut it. As much as I love to read Tolstoy's thoughts, in this novel sometimes they felt a bit repetitive. I already read a few well known Tolstoy's essays, and seeing some of his thoughts repeated felt a bit out of place. I would say that at times the novel definitely suffered for it. Moreover, I had this feeling that Tolstoy was contracting himself. One second he is saying that everyone has to find their own answers and that religion is useless, the other he says it's all in the Bible. In one passage Tolstoy speaks about human nature in a realistic way, in the other he says it is solution to love everyone. Idealism mixed with realism without a sense of balance can lead to a novel that feels unfinished. What is really the message of its all? Those last pages left so many thing unsaid, the novel would perhaps have been better without them. So, to conclude- while the novel was very interesting as the whole, some parts of it were definitely too preachy for my liking. Nevertheless, Tolstoy is a great writer and you could do worse than opt for this novel. Indeed, there are many fascinating ideas in Resurrection, you just need to take them with a great of salt as some of them truly belong to another time and place.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chrissie

    So what is this book, Tolstoy's last novel (published in 1899), about? Five things: 1. The brutality and injustice of both the legal and prison system. 2. The grimness of life for the peasantry in Russia in the early decades of the 1800s. 3. Land ownership. 4. Religion. 5. The importance of compassion and empathy for others. The book is clearly written as a polemic! As such it was too preachy for my taste. Knowing that Tolstoy at midlife transformed himself from a dissipate aristocrat into a peniten So what is this book, Tolstoy's last novel (published in 1899), about? Five things: 1. The brutality and injustice of both the legal and prison system. 2. The grimness of life for the peasantry in Russia in the early decades of the 1800s. 3. Land ownership. 4. Religion. 5. The importance of compassion and empathy for others. The book is clearly written as a polemic! As such it was too preachy for my taste. Knowing that Tolstoy at midlife transformed himself from a dissipate aristocrat into a penitent, saintly celibate, and pacifist and vegetarian too, had me a bit worried when I picked up the book. My worries were confirmed. Being his last novel, he voices loud and clear his life philosophy, focusing particularly on the topics listed above. Land should not be owned; Tolstoy followed the theories of American political economist and philosopher Henry George. The clergy as well as the legal institution of society are corrupt. Tolstoy's view is that we are all sinners and thus we have no right to judge others. Rather than reforming the legal and penal system, it should be done away with. (Alternatives are not discussed!) The end concludes with passages from the Gospel of Mathew. With these passages as our guide humanity and society can be improved…..and resurrection of goodness attained. Often in the book we are filled in on subsidiary characters’ diverse circumstances and earlier life events. These episodes are TOLD, rather than shown. It is hard to become engaged; Tolstoy is again using these characters to deliver a message! Life of the peasantry is grimly portrayed, but at the same time we do see acts of kindness and goodness. It is the detailed description of the harshness of that life that I appreciated; it is so real, so grippingly and so honestly portrayed. Facial expressions. Housing conditions. Bawdiness and conviviality. The living conditions are vividly portrayed. This is exactly what I want from historical fiction. This story is based on a real event; a man got a servant girl pregnant and then deserted her. Nothing unusual in that! Then years later he served on the jury at her trial. She had become a prostitute. Guilt and misgivings wracked him and so he tried to marry her. She died before marriage. In this novel Tolstoy draws a similar story, but not quite the same. Similarities can also be drawn between the novel’s central character and Tolstoy himself. The central character‘s internal turmoil reflects the battle between good and evil in our souls, the conflict between egotism versus morals and ideals. For me this conflict immediately had me thinking that we were seeing into Tolstoy’s own personal turmoil. These parts I appreciated while they lasted, but then the book falls back again into a lecture of sorts. The two central characters are Prince Dimitri Ivanovitch Nekhludov and Maslova, a.k.a. Katusha. Nekhludov’s portrait is drawn with more depth and complexity than Katusha’s, I think because Tolstoy is thinking of his own life. Her character is less developed than his. That she will (view spoiler)[not marry him, because she loves him and knows in her heart that this will hurt him, is not inconceivable. Their different stations in life are not something we today so readily acknowledge. (hide spoiler)] , but it is a bit simplistically drawn. After having read this, I want to read a full biography on Tolstoy and have chosen:Tolstoy: A Biography by A.N. Wilson. The audiobook narration by Neville Jason was very good. Perfect speed and easy to follow. He does use special intonations for the different characters, but this is not pushed to the extreme and doesn’t become overly theatrical. ****************** My rating of other books by Tolstoy: Anna Karenina 3 stars The Cossacks 3 stars The Death of Ivan Ilych 1 star Other related books: The Wives: The Women Behind Russia's Literary Giants 4 stars The Last Station: A Novel of Tolstoy's Last Year 3 stars

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ailsa

    " 'What is it all for?' Nekhlyudov asked himself, but, more than ever, he felt that sensation of moral nausea turning into physical nausea which overcame him when he visited the prison; and he could find no answer to his question. " Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov finds himself as a jurist for a murder trial. One of the accused is Maslova, whom he seduced and abandoned when he was young. Cue Tolsoyan spiritual crisis. Very Tolstoy. Very goody-good. Private property is bad. Live to serve your neighbour " 'What is it all for?' Nekhlyudov asked himself, but, more than ever, he felt that sensation of moral nausea turning into physical nausea which overcame him when he visited the prison; and he could find no answer to his question. " Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov finds himself as a jurist for a murder trial. One of the accused is Maslova, whom he seduced and abandoned when he was young. Cue Tolsoyan spiritual crisis. Very Tolstoy. Very goody-good. Private property is bad. Live to serve your neighbour. The law is created by the elite to maintain the status quo. Man has no right to punish other men. Exile to Siberia serves no use, in fact, it plunges men into conditions which promote immorality.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nemo

    The last major novel by Tolstoy. According to Wikipedia, Vladimir Nabakov heaped superlatives upon "Anna Karenina", but questioned the reputation of "War and Peace", and sharply criticized "Resurrection" and "The Kreutzer Sonata". My opinion is the exact opposite. To me, this is a more mature and riveting work than "Anna Karenina", because it contains deeper spiritual and social insights, the upshot of the author's personal struggles and growth in the intervening years. In "Anna Karenina", we wit The last major novel by Tolstoy. According to Wikipedia, Vladimir Nabakov heaped superlatives upon "Anna Karenina", but questioned the reputation of "War and Peace", and sharply criticized "Resurrection" and "The Kreutzer Sonata". My opinion is the exact opposite. To me, this is a more mature and riveting work than "Anna Karenina", because it contains deeper spiritual and social insights, the upshot of the author's personal struggles and growth in the intervening years. In "Anna Karenina", we witness the despair and destruction of the main character, in "Resurrection", the tender hope and revival of two souls. As Levin is a self-portrait of Tolstoy in "Anna Karenina", so is Prince Nekhlyudov, the hero of this book. Called to jury duty in the criminal court, Nekhlyudov recognized the defendant as the innocent Katusha whom he had loved but also seduced many years ago. He recalled his tender first love for Katusha, and his later betrayal and misuse of her. The reality of his subsequent life forced itself upon him, "a stupid, empty, valueless, frivolous life". He decided to redeem himself and save her or at least try his best to relieve her misery. Tolstoy painted a condemning portrait of the Russian society, specifically the prison system and the government service, which he blamed for oppressing and depraving the human spirit. He changed my perceptions of the Holocaust, Abu Ghraib, and even happenings in our daily life. How otherwise normal, kind human beings can commit horrible crimes against others, and how insensitive and cruel we can be when "following orders" and "doing our job". In sharp contrast, the relationship and interactions between Nekhlyudov and Katusha become the more lively and riveting, like plants growing in the desert. There is the whole gamut of emotion, joy, devotion, pity, contempt, anger, forgiveness and love. That is what I as a reader can relate to and it's also why I care about their fate to the very end. Rationalization of a Sinful Life "Everybody, in order to be able to act, has to consider his occupation important and good. ... People whom fate and their sin-mistakes have placed in a certain position, however false that position may be, form a view of life in general which makes their position seem good and admissible. In order to keep up their view of life, these people instinctively keep to the circle of those people who share their views of life and their own place in it. This surprises us, where the persons concerned are thieves, bragging about their dexterity, prostitutes vaunting their depravity, or murderers boasting of their cruelty. This surprises us only because the circle, the atmosphere in which these people live, is limited, and we are outside it. But can we not observe the same phenomenon when the rich boast of their wealth, i.e., robbery; the commanders in the army pride themselves on victories, i.e., murder; and those in high places vaunt their power, i.e., violence? We do not see the perversion in the views of life held by these people, only because the circle formed by them is more extensive, and we ourselves are moving inside of it." Systematic Depravation of Men "If a psychological problem were set to find means of making men of our time--Christian, humane, simple, kind people--perform the most horrible crimes without feeling guilty, ...It is only necessary that ... they should be fully convinced that there is a kind of business, called government service, which allows men to treat other men as things without having human brotherly relations with them; and that they should be so linked together by this government service that the responsibility for the results of their deeds should not fall on any one of them individually. Without these conditions, the terrible acts I witnessed today would be impossible in our times. It all lies in the fact that men think there are circumstances when one may deal with human beings without love. But there are no such circumstances." Qualities of Men "One of the most widespread superstitions is that every man has his own special, definite qualities; that a man is kind, cruel, wise, stupid, energetic, apathetic, etc. ... And this is untrue. Men are like rivers: the water is the same in each, and alike in all; but every river is narrow here, is more rapid there, here slower, there broader, now clear, now cold, now dull, now warm. It is the same with men. Every man carries in himself the germs of every human quality, and sometimes one manifests itself, sometimes another, and the man often becomes unlike himself, while still remaining the same man."

  14. 5 out of 5

    Perry

    Incensed Indictment of Criminal Justice and Penal System: More Sermon Than Story Leo Tolstoy's last major novel (1899) is a twilight indictment of Russia's criminal justice and penal systems. The novel opens with Russian prince Dmitri N. ("PDN") serving on a jury in a criminal trial of 3 peasants accused of poisoning and robbing a man. PDN recognizes Ms. Maslova, one of the two accused women as a young maid he deflowered when both were teens a decade earlier during a visit to his aunts' home. The Incensed Indictment of Criminal Justice and Penal System: More Sermon Than Story Leo Tolstoy's last major novel (1899) is a twilight indictment of Russia's criminal justice and penal systems. The novel opens with Russian prince Dmitri N. ("PDN") serving on a jury in a criminal trial of 3 peasants accused of poisoning and robbing a man. PDN recognizes Ms. Maslova, one of the two accused women as a young maid he deflowered when both were teens a decade earlier during a visit to his aunts' home. The head maid fired Maslova, an educated peasant, after finding out she slept with PDN. With nowhere else to turn, Maslova turned to prostitution. Though the jury finds Maslova not guilty, an error in the jury's verdict form leaves her technically guilty of an act contributing to the death, subject to mandatory imprisonment. Believing his actions set in motion Maslova's wayward path leading to imprisonment, PDN endeavors to have her freed. In the process, he talks to numerous other prisoners and learns of rampant unfairness in the legal system, perceived and real, such injustice resulting from the system itself (such as the technical error in Maslova's trial) or from the cycle of poverty directly leading to the prisoner's depravities. Regrettably, this novel wanes about halfway through when Tolstoy starts "telling" much more than "showing," yielding more of a scathing sermon, full of homilies and exhortations championing a sort of anarchist view of Christianity whereby no person can sit in judgment of any other (all of us being sinners). I don't judge Tolstoy's work based on this novel. I think he saw the reaper approaching (at age 71) and felt compelled to "save" all others he could in the time he had remaining. Reflecting on my reading experiences, no matter how great the author, if she or he sets out to make a point or send a message, the point overshadows the story. As most of us know, the art of fiction, in its highest form, requires a compelling story from which revelations are never spelled out, but rather flow under the surface to the intelligent reader. The reader's suspension of disbelief and any interest in the story evaporates if the reader sees/feels the writer's forceful presence in attempts to manipulate our feelings or thoughts. That is to say, the writer's presence ruins the story's truth and verisimilitude, after which the reader views the story as a deception and the story teller as dishonest, at least for the remainder of the novel. If someone tells you a lie or begins to tell you how you should think or feel, dear reader, do you trust anything else he/she says? Of course not, our human nature makes it impossible, no matter how much we'd like, to listen without suspicion thereafter. It's an irony though, because we know when we read a work of fiction that it is a lie, yet we can believe it while reading so long as we see truth of humanity within it and the messages flow naturally to us as they do in real life. Tolstoy remains my favorite novelist of all time. Like all other humans, he was not perfect.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    This book has been described as preachy in tone and outdated in content and I couldn't disagree more. One of the major themes of this book is the difficulty of living a moral life in a society that makes it difficult to achieve life's satisfactions and remain moral. In exploring this theme, you get not only the wonderful social commentary Tolstoy is so known for, but also a synthesis of the moral philosophies that characterize his later work. I know that a lot of people might not agree with Tols This book has been described as preachy in tone and outdated in content and I couldn't disagree more. One of the major themes of this book is the difficulty of living a moral life in a society that makes it difficult to achieve life's satisfactions and remain moral. In exploring this theme, you get not only the wonderful social commentary Tolstoy is so known for, but also a synthesis of the moral philosophies that characterize his later work. I know that a lot of people might not agree with Tolstoy's views on religious devotion, but I do and for this reason this is an important book to me. I also did not find the topics to be dated or irrelevant. I can think of no other book before this one that discusses women's vulnerability in a patriarchal society so comprehensively, and really relatively few since. The considerations of the criminal justice system as a form of social control of the poor are also still timely. In my view, this is an excellent, important book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Czarny Pies

    "Resurrection" is like an anthology of Russian literature for the 19th and 20th Centuries. As in Turgenev's "Hunter's Sketches" or Gogol's "Dead Souls" the work is comprised primarily of short portraits of the types of person that one meets in Russia. Similar to Dostoevsky's "House of the Dead" there is a lengthy reflection on revolutionaries and the Siberian exile. There are other passages that address correct path to take for the reformer that prefigure the social realism of Gorki or Sholokhov "Resurrection" is like an anthology of Russian literature for the 19th and 20th Centuries. As in Turgenev's "Hunter's Sketches" or Gogol's "Dead Souls" the work is comprised primarily of short portraits of the types of person that one meets in Russia. Similar to Dostoevsky's "House of the Dead" there is a lengthy reflection on revolutionaries and the Siberian exile. There are other passages that address correct path to take for the reformer that prefigure the social realism of Gorki or Sholokhov. Finally, in places one even sees elements of Tolstoy in his better moments. "Deus Ex Machina", the novel finishes with extensive quotations from the new testament and a précis of the Sermon on the Mount. Nominally, "Resurrection" tells the tale of a young noble who seduces a servant girl on Easter Day which causes her to successively lose her job, become a prostitute, participate in a murder and then be sentenced to forced labour in Siberia. Our hero who is clearly Tolstoy's alter ego spends the entire novel attempting to rescue the poor girl and to redeem himself. The novel is more than a little bit of a hodgepodge but it does have the merit of comprehensively touching on every political, cultural and literary debate conducted in Russia over a 200 year period. It also sheds tremendous light on the intellectual and spiritual voyage of Tolstoy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lorna

    One of the few books to profoundly change my perspective on life and challenge beliefs I had previous considered unshakeable - most notably that a civilised society should lock away it's criminals. This book is a great read and more accessible perhaps than Tolstoy's longer books. It has a similar atmosphere to that of a Zola novel - dark and gritty yet vividly relatable.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Umut Rados

    This is one of my favourite books of all times. I read it when I was really young, and I admired Tolstoy for writing such a gripping story with very impressive characters. It's definitely a delight to read this book, and I would really recommend not to read a shorter version.

  19. 4 out of 5

    kristin

    Just finished this book and I am going to say that it rivals my favorite, "Sister Carrie." I am still processing it though and need to give it another read before I declare it my favorite book, but it is great. The story is good, the philosophy great and eye opening. I wanted more of an "answer" in the end to the question of the point of life, but the fact that he doesn't spell it out is evidence of his belief. I honestly right now can not even attempt to state his main point, but I can say that Just finished this book and I am going to say that it rivals my favorite, "Sister Carrie." I am still processing it though and need to give it another read before I declare it my favorite book, but it is great. The story is good, the philosophy great and eye opening. I wanted more of an "answer" in the end to the question of the point of life, but the fact that he doesn't spell it out is evidence of his belief. I honestly right now can not even attempt to state his main point, but I can say that it is the ultimate humanitarian view and exemplifies the spiritual man. I am so excited to dive into this, but I know like always these topics frustrate me because of their lack of practical application. You almost have to re-think our whole system...oh I do hope we do that. Not that it is all bad, but we should be globally teaching humans ethical and spiritual truths that all can agree on...ie. humility, service etc...We just have to take religion out of it! Can it be done? I hope to see it in my lifetime.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Girish

    "One may deal with things without love. But you cannot deal with men without it. It cannot be otherwise, because natural love is the fundamental law of human life." Leo Tolstoy's last novel is a thinker's book. It is brutally honest and realistic journey of guilt, redemption and making sense of the world. It is also dark (as reality is prone to be) commentary on the missing pages between the Imperial Government rule and the Russian revolution of 1905. It starts out as a courtroom trial where Pri "One may deal with things without love. But you cannot deal with men without it. It cannot be otherwise, because natural love is the fundamental law of human life." Leo Tolstoy's last novel is a thinker's book. It is brutally honest and realistic journey of guilt, redemption and making sense of the world. It is also dark (as reality is prone to be) commentary on the missing pages between the Imperial Government rule and the Russian revolution of 1905. It starts out as a courtroom trial where Prince Dmitri Nekhlúdoff finds himself on jury duty for the death of a man by poisoning in the brothel for his money. One of the accused Katyusha, the prostitute, was also the woman he loved when his soul was uncorrupted before he ruined her life and left her. He believes she is innocent and the jury too comes to the same conclusion, but a technical point sentences her to 4 years of hard labour in Siberia. Initiated by guilt, Nekhludoff starts his quest for freeing Katyusha and marrying her as a penance. However, this new realization opens the flood gates to enlightenment and he slowly realises the lacuna in the institution of justice, then later of prisons and punishments and the evils of an indifferent system. He encounters multiple prisoners who are innocent whose spirits are drained by the system that is suppose to reform the society. In book 2, he touches upon land ownership and in book 3 of political prisoners (ideas contradictory to the popular one), love and religion. "Imagine a problem in psychology: to find a way of getting people in our day and age - Christians, humanitarians, nice, kind people - to commit the most heinous crimes without feeling any guilt. There is only one solution - doing just what we do now: you make them governors, superintendents, officers or policemen, a process which, first of all, presupposes acceptance of something that goes by the name of government service and allows people to be treated like inanimate objects, precluding any humane or brotherly relationships, and, secondly, ensures that people working for this government service must be so interdependent that responsibility for any consequences of the way they treat people never devolves on any one of them individually" More than the happenings and the characterization, which was par, the chapters of sense-making are most powerful where the author talks to the reader's intellect. It has the power to change perception and thinking. In one of the early chapters where Nekhludoff attends the prison mass, he wonders how men do not see the folly in a system of punishment that stands for everything which is opposite to the faith. In the chapters of communal ownership of land, through dialogues with his sister and her husband, the author spells out every apprehension of why it could fail. And so you the reader do not get a sense of being preached to, but that of listening into a deliberation of ideas. The critique of judiciary and the prison system also seems well advised. This was a deep book. Not a page-turner, but rightly administered in the right frame of mind, can turn around lives. PS: What's with Russian authors and their last books?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Resurrection is the last, and viewed by many as the least of Tolstoy's major novels. Due to its history and its didactic reputation I had been dreading reading it for years. As much as I admire Tolstoy, the didactic sections of War and Peace run like great flaws across a masterpiece. But because War and Peace is such a monumental story, those windy portions, to my mind, could be easily overlooked since they were swallowed up by the larger story. Arguably, with the Levin sections (the ones ignore Resurrection is the last, and viewed by many as the least of Tolstoy's major novels. Due to its history and its didactic reputation I had been dreading reading it for years. As much as I admire Tolstoy, the didactic sections of War and Peace run like great flaws across a masterpiece. But because War and Peace is such a monumental story, those windy portions, to my mind, could be easily overlooked since they were swallowed up by the larger story. Arguably, with the Levin sections (the ones ignored by the movie versions), the same could be said of Anna Karenina. (Upon rereading Anna Karenina, I have grown to appreciate the obvious, even necessary, counterpoint of Levin's story.) Anyway, all of that said, Resurrection represented for me, at an unread distance, the angry and unmoored Tolstoy. Upon reading the book, I found something else. Yes, there are didactic, finger wagging sections, but they are balanced out by the art of the great writer. Tolstoy's penetrating powers of observation are on full display. He saw the rot in Russia from top to bottom, and used the novel as a platform to condemn both Church and State. It's amazing he was able to even publish it (though I think it was heavily censored). On surface the story is about a well off noble, Prince Nekhylyudov, who serves on a jury that condemns a prostitute to hard labor. During the course of the trial the prince recognized the prostitute as a former servant he had taken advantage of ten years before. The sentence (for poisoning) is overly harsh since there are mitigating factors that suggest probable innocence since she was manipulated by others. Nekhylyudov, feeling guilt over his role in Maslova's downward spiral, makes it his mission to reverse the decision and, if possible, make things right by marrying Maslova. All of that seems quite improbable (and it is), but Tolstoy's purpose is to use Nekhylyudov as a mirror to show the corruption of the Russian society, its bureaucracies, the penal system, and probably most savagely of all, the Russian Orthodox Church (who would later excommunicate Tolstoy). The novel follows an obvious arc, with Nekhylyudov seeking out a lawyer, filing appeals, seeking out various officials, and eventually traveling to Siberia with Maslova's prisoner caravan. There are several epic (and often depraved) scenes, written with a surprising economy that suggests, for me, the possible influence of Dostoevsky. The novel, with its various revolutionaries (good and bad), and suffering masses, could be read as an account of Russia on the brink. The gulag system was clearly in place before the Soviets took over. Nekhylyudov's "resurrection" will probably strike some as unconvincing and others as earned. My rating reflects where I came down. (Note that the translation I read is by Rosemary Edmunds. At its best it can be quite poetic. What is annoying however is her tendency to have the lower classes adopt a cockney dialect. That's kind of weird, but probably didn't seem so at the time she did the translation. Her introduction is first-rate.)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bettie

    Description: Resurrection (1899) is the last of Tolstoy's major novels. It tells the story of a nobleman's attempt to redeem the suffering his youthful philandering inflicted on a peasant girl who ends up a prisoner in Siberia. Tolstoy's vision of redemption, achieved through loving forgiveness and his condemnation of violence, dominate the novel. An intimate, psychological tale of guilt, anger, and forgiveness, Resurrection is at the same time a panoramic description of social life in Russia at Description: Resurrection (1899) is the last of Tolstoy's major novels. It tells the story of a nobleman's attempt to redeem the suffering his youthful philandering inflicted on a peasant girl who ends up a prisoner in Siberia. Tolstoy's vision of redemption, achieved through loving forgiveness and his condemnation of violence, dominate the novel. An intimate, psychological tale of guilt, anger, and forgiveness, Resurrection is at the same time a panoramic description of social life in Russia at the end of the nineteenth century, reflecting its author's outrage at the social injustices of the world in which he lived. This edition, which updates a classic translation, has explanatory notes, and a substantial introduction based on the most recent scholarship in the field. 1: Katerina Maslova is a young prostitute on trial for the murder of one of her clients. Serving on the jury, Prince Dmitri recognises the young woman as the girl he seduced many years before. Believing himself partly responsible for her predicament, he embarks upon a complex legal attempt to reverse the sentence passed upon her. 2: Prince Dmitri follows the young prostitute Katerina Maslova to Siberia. Having been unable to reverse the sentence for murder served in error upon her, he proposes marriage in the hope of redeeming the wrongs he did to her as a girl. But he finds his proposal contested by a fellow prisoner Simonson, a man who has already made all the sacrifices in life that Prince Dmitri only threatens to make. Katerina Maslova ...... Katherine Igoe Dmitri Nikhloydov ...... Richard Dillane Lydia Menshova ...... Vivienne Dixon Vera Bogovskaya ...... Joanna Tope Princess Marya ...... Lesley Hart Anatoly Krylstov/Rizin ...... Joe Arkley Gudz/Makar Dyerkin ...... John Buick Directed by Lu Kemp. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00772ff 4* The Death of Ivan Ilych 4* Anna Karenina 5* War and Peace 3* The Kreutzer Sonata CR Resurrection 2* The Cossacks TR What Men Live By 3* A Letter to Hindu 3* The Sebastopol Sketches

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ştefan Bolea

    The description of the excesses of the statal machine which distinguishes itself through the cruelty and injustice of its punishments clearly foresees the advent of communism. The anatomy of Nekhlyudov's enlightenment reminds me on The Death of Ivan Ilych . Heidegger should have used it extensively to shed more light on the condition of the "they-self". An important part of Tolstoy's book deals with the distinction between the animal and spiritual aspect of the human nature. Although that since The description of the excesses of the statal machine which distinguishes itself through the cruelty and injustice of its punishments clearly foresees the advent of communism. The anatomy of Nekhlyudov's enlightenment reminds me on The Death of Ivan Ilych . Heidegger should have used it extensively to shed more light on the condition of the "they-self". An important part of Tolstoy's book deals with the distinction between the animal and spiritual aspect of the human nature. Although that since 1899 the cultural code has changed and in today's world the animal and the spirit peacefully coexist (Mr. Hyde is no longer our enemy, he became a marketing tool that helps us sell ourselves more efficiently), no longer being disociated (the animal is spiritual, the spirit - animalic), I apreciate Tolstoy's quest for authenticity and his taste for existential drama; apparently a century ago people still believed in something.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Betül

    The last of Tolstoy's major novels but the first of mine about world literature. I remember the day that i met this book , i was at my thirteen. An old translation with blue cover in the classics shelf of the small town library. I think this book is one of the causes of my interest with books. Very, very special for me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Annelida (Sasha)

    This is an incredible depiction of life in late 19th century Russia, from all its angles. Tolstoy's ideologies of religion and society are rather interesting, and are brought out in this novel magnificently. I would recommend this novel to anyone who's ever questioned religion, society, law - government! Humanity... this novel raises outstanding inquiry in these topics, thus provoking thought and even a better, sort of anarchistic, outlook towards life...if you don't mind it, that is. I definite This is an incredible depiction of life in late 19th century Russia, from all its angles. Tolstoy's ideologies of religion and society are rather interesting, and are brought out in this novel magnificently. I would recommend this novel to anyone who's ever questioned religion, society, law - government! Humanity... this novel raises outstanding inquiry in these topics, thus provoking thought and even a better, sort of anarchistic, outlook towards life...if you don't mind it, that is. I definitely don't. This book is indeed a work of life, as well as art!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    If you can get past the annoying main character and his epiphanies this is a really interesting look (albeit obviously sensationalised for the sake of propaganda) at the criminal justice system in Russia at the turn of last century, as well as the obscene gap in living standards between the rich and poor. I think it was quite interesting to see the change in Tolstoy's views in comparison to his earlier works like War and Peace, since they do delve a little into class inequalities, but nothing qu If you can get past the annoying main character and his epiphanies this is a really interesting look (albeit obviously sensationalised for the sake of propaganda) at the criminal justice system in Russia at the turn of last century, as well as the obscene gap in living standards between the rich and poor. I think it was quite interesting to see the change in Tolstoy's views in comparison to his earlier works like War and Peace, since they do delve a little into class inequalities, but nothing quite so much as this. It's like Tolstoy wants to share his own little epiphany with us, because I believe he had also renounced his wealth and family by the time he'd completed this book. I think it shows quite clearly what the conditions of pre-communist Russia was like, and why it was so ripe for revolution. Not surprising really, imagine being locked up and having the key thrown away because no-one had bothered to bribe the right people! Or you fancied investigating a new way of looking at politics or religion and ended up being banished to Siberia! I can't help being curious about what the native Siberians thought about having all the undesirables of Western Russian society dumped on them all the time.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brent McCulley

    Tolstoy's last fiction novel published after his spiritual awakening, "Resurrection" is truly a delightful, prosaic, fluid piece of Russian literature filled with Tolstoy's philosophy unlike his previous lengthier works. In it, he explores themes such as the right, or lack thereof, to private property, civil institutions, ethics, capital punishment and the entire penal system, human suffering, evil, and more. The characters are extremely likeable, even if sometimes Tolstoy's own autobiographical Tolstoy's last fiction novel published after his spiritual awakening, "Resurrection" is truly a delightful, prosaic, fluid piece of Russian literature filled with Tolstoy's philosophy unlike his previous lengthier works. In it, he explores themes such as the right, or lack thereof, to private property, civil institutions, ethics, capital punishment and the entire penal system, human suffering, evil, and more. The characters are extremely likeable, even if sometimes Tolstoy's own autobiographical interlocutor shines through too prominently in the narration. Tolstoy concludes his novel by asserting that all the aforementioned problems would be solved if people simply lived by Sermon on the Mount ethics. "What is it all for? Nekhlyudov asked himself, but, more than ever, he felt the sensation of moral nausea turning into physical nausea which always overcame him when he visited the prison; and he could find no answer to his question" (163). "Why had he suffered? Why had he lived? Has he now understood it? Nekhlyudov thought, and there seemed to be no answer, seemed to be nothing but death, and he felt faint" (398). -b

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana

    This is Tolstoy in his preachy-crazy-old-man phase. I admire him deeply as a person, because he was willing to live his convictions, but I think he was wildly misguided by this point in his life. You get a lot of points for trying hard to do good, but at some level the total train wreck that your actions make of the lives you touch does have some weight. What you actually accomplish does matter, in the end, when considered beside what you intend. The novel is uninteresting.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sebastien

    What can I say, one of the main subjects of this book (other than the examination of the human soul), the Russian penal system, doesn't exactly enthrall me. There are some interesting insights and philosophical parts in the book... but overall the main character's actions don't make much sense, just seems like he jumps from one life changing decision to another without much deliberation or reason. Not to mention the fact that this main character is constantly judging others and so full of anger What can I say, one of the main subjects of this book (other than the examination of the human soul), the Russian penal system, doesn't exactly enthrall me. There are some interesting insights and philosophical parts in the book... but overall the main character's actions don't make much sense, just seems like he jumps from one life changing decision to another without much deliberation or reason. Not to mention the fact that this main character is constantly judging others and so full of anger and hate. I have nothing against anger and hate, so long as they lead to destruction, revenge, stuff getting blown up, sort of like in the Rambo series (I have mentioned this before). But when anger and hate are internalized and buried, and only talked about, well, that's not good enough in my book. Blow some stuff up already. The book is pretty cool for the simple reason that Tolstoy gives light to the way life was back in the day. Or at least the way he saw it, which seems quite accurate. The justice system was brutal, capricious, and arbitrary, while the economic disparity between rich and poor was ridiculous. All this was not much of a surprise (and it's interesting to see how many of these problems still dog us today, especially how the flaws of early 20th century Russia's justice system are mirrored in our contemporary justice system). Anyhow, I didn't really need someone like Tolstoy to tell me that being a peasant was awful, or that the justice system was unfair, I sort of figured that peasant life wasn't stellar living back in the day and that justice is not always served (those with money will always have the system lean in their favor, big surprise!). But Tolstoy does bring it all to life...

  30. 4 out of 5

    ZaRi

    it is one of my favorite parts of this masterpiece: On the Carnal Man vs. the Spiritual Man “[A]ll this terrible change had come about because he had ceased to believe himself and had taken to believing others. This he had done because it was too difficult to live believing one’s self: believing one’s self, one had to decide every question, not in favor of one’s animal I, which is always seeking for easy gratification, but in almost every case against it. Believing others, there was nothing to dec it is one of my favorite parts of this masterpiece: On the Carnal Man vs. the Spiritual Man “[A]ll this terrible change had come about because he had ceased to believe himself and had taken to believing others. This he had done because it was too difficult to live believing one’s self: believing one’s self, one had to decide every question, not in favor of one’s animal I, which is always seeking for easy gratification, but in almost every case against it. Believing others, there was nothing to decide; everything had been decided already, and always in favor of the animal I and against the spiritual. Nor was this all. Believing in his own self, he was always exposing himself to the censure of those around him; believing others, he had their approval.” “All men live and act partly according to their own, partly according to other people’s ideas. The extent to which they do the one or the other is one of the chief things that differentiate men.” “The tempter that had been speaking to him in the night again raised his voice, trying to lead him out of the realm of his inner life into the realm of his outer life, away from the question of what he should do, to the question of what the consequences would be and what would be practical.” “In Nekhlyudov, as in every man, there were two beings; one the spiritual, seeking only that kind of happiness for himself which tends towards the happiness of all; the other, the animal man, seeking only his own happiness, and ready to sacrifice to it the happiness of the rest of the world.”

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