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  • Published: 5 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241201350
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $22.99

The Way of a Pilgrim: Candid Tales of a Wanderer to His Spiritual Father




A simple peasant seeks spiritual fulfilment in this apparently artless tale of popular piety.

'Here, see my belongings: a bag of dry crusts on my back and the Holy Bible in my breast pocket; that's it'

In 1884 a slim volume containing four short tales appeared in Russia. They told of a pilgrim, a lone wanderer, led by his quiet curiosity and a deep spiritual longing to undertake a lifelong journey across the land. The story of this gentle figure and his travels - through forests, fields and steppes, encountering priests and professors, nuns and convicts on the way - became a beloved spiritual guide around the world, immortalized in the pages of JD Salinger's Franny and Zooey as the 'small pea-green cloth-bound book' that Franny keeps close in her handbag. At its heart, it is a paean to peace, prayer, consolation and silent contemplation.

Translated with an introduction and notes by Andrew Louth

  • Pub date: 5 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241201350
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $22.99