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  • Published: 1 December 2003
  • ISBN: 9780812968231
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $19.99

Mod Lib The Kreutzer Sonata


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In a violent rage against the dangers of lust, the hypocrisies of marriage, and the tragic consequences of misinforming young people, especially women, about the disturbing realities of sex, Tolstoy chokes out THE KREUTZER SONATA with palpable fury. Recounting a husband's addictions, sinister guilt, humiliation, and subsequent obsession with his wife, Tolstoy shows us in this brilliant, taut narrative just how destructive a partnership can be.
THE KREUTZER SONATA is an example of Tolstoy's thoughts on spiritual crisis, Christianity, and sexuality, and an exquisite introduction to the great Russian writer. This edition will include the controversial SEQUEL TO THE KREUTZER SONATA.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2003
  • ISBN: 9780812968231
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy was born in central Russia in 1828. He studied Oriental languages and law (although failed to earn a degree in the latter) at the University of Kazan, and after a dissolute youth eventually joined an artillery regiment in the Caucasus in 1851. He took part in the Crimean War, and the Sebastopol Sketches that emerged from it established his reputation. After living for some time in St Petersburg and abroad, he married Sophie Behrs in 1862 and they had thirteen children. The happiness this brought him gave him the creative impulse for his two greatest novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877). Later in life his views became increasingly radical as he gave up his possessions to live a simple peasant life. After a quarrel with his wife he fled home secretly one night to seek refuge in a monastery. He became ill during this dramatic flight and died at the small railway station of Astapovo in 1910.

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