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Father Sergius

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,026 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition. In Petersburg in the eighteen-forties a surprising event occurred. An officer of the Cuirassier Life Guards, a handsome prince who everyone predicted would become aide-de-camp to the Emperor Nicholas I and have a brilliant career, left the service, broke off his engagement to a beaut ...more
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Published December 2nd 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published 1911)
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Mar 07, 2016 Hesam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
در ریاضیاتِ مهندسی تابعی داریم به نام تابع دلتای دیراک یا تابع ضربه که در همه ی نقاط ورودی ِ تابع ، مقدار ِ تابع صفر است مگر در نقطه ی ورودی ِ صفر که مقدار تابع بی نهایت تعریف می شود. کتاب پدر سرگی هم برای من اینگونه بود . داستان روندی طبیعی داشت و خیلی معمولی اما در یکی دو جا – که من اسم ش را میگذارم همان نقاط صفر داستان- ، چنان ضربه ای به روحت وارد می سازد که اثرش به این راحتی ها رهایت نمی کند.
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Apr 19, 2015 Mahdi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
این داستان و داستان "مرگ ایوان ایلیچ" جزء داستان های بلند (و نه رمان ها) زیبای تولستوی هستند.

مضمون این داستان هم، مانند "مرگ ایوان ایلیچ" جست و جو به دنبال معنای حیات است. اما این بار، کسی که معنای حیات را گم کرده، نه یک کارمند که روز و شب مشغول کارهای اداری بی معنا بوده، بلکه یک مرد خداست که از باطن دور شده و و مشغول به ظاهر شده است. نهایتاً هر دو، هم پدر سرگئی و هم ایوان ایلیچ، به پاسخ مشابهی برای سؤالشان می رسند (که این پاسخ، یکی از عناصر اساسی تفکر تولستوی را تشکیل می دهد و در رمان های مختلف
Oct 01, 2015 Fatemeh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
پرنس کاساتسکی در اوج موفقیت تصمیم به ترک یار و دیار می گیرد و در صومعه ای به تذهیب و مراقبه می پردازد . داستان فراز و فرود روان و سلوک پرنس که به پدر سرگی تغییر نام می دهد ، آدمی را در خود غرق می کند و کنار گذاشتن کتاب را دشوار می کند .
پدر سرگی در خلوت خود از غیر می برد و در برابر وسوسه ها روی بر می گرداند چنان که در نظر عام قدیسی زاهد و رهنمایی راهگشا جلوه می کند . ولی این جلوه گری آنی است که او سالها در سختی و عزلت سعی در خاموش کردنش داشته ولی اینبار ناخواسته دچارش می شود و در مقابله با آدمیا
Father Sergius was the book that I read during my teens and it had left strong impression on me at that time. All these years I have tried to remember the name of the book where a monk found himself in inner turmoil instead of inner peace and his struggle against lust and vanity. I forgot the name and I even forgot it was written by Tolstoy. How excited I was when I finally found it again after so many years. Reading it again after long time I loved the story all the same. When it comes to portr ...more
May 20, 2011 Carma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this short story becaue it touched on some issues that I have been contemplating in my own life. Father Sergius becomes a monk and ultimately ends up as a hermit. I have often questioned the validity of someone's moral strength and purity if they simply hide themselves away- easy enough to avoid temptation when you aren't around it. There were many different themes and ideas in this story and I don't feel I fully comprehend them all yet. However, the one that really stood out for me is t ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
آثار ترجمه شده از: تولستوی
1. جنگ و صلح - ترجمه: کاظم انصاری، تجدید چاب با ترجمه: سروش حبیبی
2. آناکارِنینا - ترجمه محمدعلی شیرازی، تجدید چاپ با ترجمه های: جواد امیرانی، منوچهر بیگدلی خمسه، سروش حبیبی، و فازار سیمونیان
3. رستاخیز - ترجمه: محمدعلی شیرازی
4. کودکی، نوجوانی، جوانی - ترجمه: غلامحسین اعرابی
5. داستان هائی برای بچه ها - ترجمه: آرش محرمی
6. اعتراف و سرشماری در مسکو - ترجمه: اسکندر ذبیحیان، و تجدید چاپ با عنوان «اعترافات» با ترجمه: هوشنگ فتح اعظم
7. تمشک - ترجمه: علی آذرنگ
8. کوپن تقلبی
Apr 23, 2015 Gisoo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ترجمه روان نبود و اذیت می کرد و شاید اگه نسخه ی دیگه ای از کتاب رو می خوندم الآن نظر بهتری نسبت بهش داشتم.
هدف کلی ماجرا و چند صفحه ی نزدیک به آخر که سبکی روح رو به تصویر می کشید جالب توجه بود.
Sareh Ghasemi
«هر قدر به عقیدهی مردم کمتر اهمیت میداد وجود خدا را در خود نیرومندتر احساس میکرد.» ...more
"Να, λοιπόν, τι σήμαινε το όνειρό μου. Η Πάσα είναι ακριβώς εκείνο που έπρεπε να είναι εγώ και δεν ήμουν. Εγώ ζούσα για τους ανθρώπους, προφασιζόμενος πως ζω για το Θεό. Αυτή ζει για το Θεό, νομίζοντας πως ζει για τους ανθρώπους."

Ένας ωραιότατος πρίγκιπας, ίλαρχος, με λαμπρό μέλλον δίπλα στον Τσάρο, πρώτος σε όλα, με ό,τι κι αν καταπιάστηκε, ο Κασάτσκη, ένα μήνα πριν από τον επίσης λαμπερό γάμο του με μια όμορφη και αριστοκρατική κοπέλα με την οποία ήταν ερωτευμένος, τα παράτησε όλα, όταν αυτή τ
Jun 15, 2011 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Tolstoy rocks my world. This is a fascinating tale about a man, Stepan Kasatsky, who through much effort rises to excellence and notoriety in the eyes of the court in Russia, only to leave it all behind to become a monk. Yet even as a monk, he struggles with pride in man's opinion of him. His ultimate sin is pride, and through his pride lust sneaks in. However, his fall leads to total humiliation and finally his redemption.
Connor Smith
There are a few things I've found to be immutable about life. In reading this book, I've added "people always have flaws." And, even if a person worked and suceeded in removing all their flaws, to other people their flaw would be that they have no flaws. There's really no way to win; perhaps we should all just quit trying to better ourselves and accept ourselves.
Feb 21, 2015 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A critical review.
This story is about a man with a problem. As the story opens you may not immediately realize what the problem is for he is described as "a handsome prince who everyone predicted would become aide-de-camp to the Emperor Nicholas I and have a brilliant career,". What could be better than that? For young Prince Stepan Kasatsky apparently there was something better for he "left the service, broke off his engagement to a beautiful maid of honor, a favorite of the Empress's, gave his
Kennedy Ifeh
Jun 07, 2014 Kennedy Ifeh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is subtle in language, but yet radical and shakes the foundation of dogmatic theology.

It is the story of one Stepan Kasatsky, who was once a noble military cadet. He fell in love with a girl. On the eve of their engagement, the girl confessed to have been the mistress of his beloved Tsar. He got angry. He felt oppressed and injured by authorities above him. He decided to rise higher than those high authorities by going close to God. He resigned from the military, gave away his propert
Zohreh Hanifeh
مدت ها پیش از آن که بخوانم عزیزی خواندن این کتاب را توصیه کرده بود.
من هم از روی تنبلی هِی پشت گوش انداخته بودم...
این یادداشت هم مال دو سال و نیم پیش است که کتاب را خوانده بودم... شاید الان اگر بخوانم دید متفاوت دیگری داشته باشم...

داستان زیبایی بود... مثل همه ی نوشته های تولستوی. خیلی مرا به فکر فرو برد. احساس می کنم در سطح خیلی پایین تری به پدر سرگی شباهت زیادی دارم. گاهی فکر می کنم من هم مثل او «زندگی درونی ام در حال نابودی، و به جای آن، زندگی بیرونی ام در حال رشد است»؛ و «این پرسش، که از آن
Nov 18, 2014 Nemo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book should definitely be adapted into movies for the modern viewers, and I fancy there can be at least two different versions, depending on the targeted audience.

The R-rated version: The hero is a handsome, passionate prince with an uncontrollable temper, who attracts women everywhere and gets into fights (verbal and physical) with men. There would be plenty of scenes of sexual tension, seduction and violence (with blood spills and severed body parts). The main appeal, however, should stil
May 24, 2013 Anwesha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anwesha by: Neena
This story is no exception to the Tolstoyan philosophy. The great interpreter of life has illuminated yet another corner of human mind. The conflict in the heart of the story is not something unworldly or exceptional rather it is perhaps a day to day collision of mind and conscience for every other person. Stepan Kasatsky is the name of just another regular human being. Blessed with beauty and chivalry, he got life in his favor but he did not accept all her gifts, but the act was of anything but ...more
May 24, 2013 Anirudh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Father Sergius is a book about a man who becomes a monk to seek god, only to struggle more and more to find him. He struggles against demons of lust and disbelief to attain salvation.

Despite being a mere 40 odd pages long, the book is written very well. Father Sergius's temporary periods of disbelief in a higher power, his encounter with a temptress, his ascension into a miracle worker, his realization that his ascension for which he is praised is the very reason for his recession from god, his
Mar 16, 2014 Amene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روس-ها, 2014
خوب بود.سرشار از عرفان و اخلاق. تولستویی.باپایان بندی های همیشگی تولستوی و بسیاری روس های همدوره اش،بهر روی کمی هم غیرقابل پیشبینی بودن داشت که به نظر همین چاشنی غافلگیری که از صفحه چهل و پنج به بعد نمودارشد،در جذابیت اش که شاید نیم ستاره اضافه می کمد،تاثیر داشت.ولی چون نیم نداریم همان دو ستاره.
Lisa Hayden Espenschade
I think Father Sergius is the best of the three Tolstoy novellas about sex and religion that I recently (re)read in rapid succession. (The other two are The Kreutzer Sonata and The Devil.) Though the three novellas contain very similar themes -- variations on men fighting the devilish temptations of women and sex -- they differ greatly in style.

Father Sergius is more subtle than the other two works and contains more passages that feel very Tolstoyan: small actions or bits of conversation that s
Jeong Yeop Terence
Starts with a compelling introduction of a man, ends with a hasty moralization (which I find only deceptive and escapist)
Oct 25, 2013 TarasProkopyuk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Очередной раз убеждаюсь как же мало знаком мне Лев Толстой после прочтения казалось бы основных его произведений. Сколько же новых мыслей, убеждений и идеалов он спрятал в других своих работах?

В очередной раз убеждаешься как же поверхностно человек знает себя. В этой работе в образе главного героя можно познакомиться с мнением великого автора об одном из способов стать "на путь высокого идеала". Нет, Толстой не призывает к каким либо резким и радикальным изменениям для человека и человечества уж
Vladimir Gospodinov
I read a Bulgarian translation of Tolstoy's "Father Sergius" under the title "Отец Сергий" from 1979, so the language used was a bit old and full of many words and expressions one wouldn't normally use as part of their everyday Bulgarian. However, I believe this is only an asset to the extremely wonderful translation as it gave an archaic - but not too old - sound to the text, thus making it resemble Russian and perhaps even the Russian of Tolstoy's own times due to the great linguistic relation ...more
Father Sergius by Leo Tolstoy
All is vanity?

Leo Tolstoy used to represent the peak, the nec plus ultra of Literature for this reader.
Until I have read the Intellectuals by Paul Johnson, an excellent book which destroys a number of myths.
Leo Tolstoy, Ernest Hemingway, Henrik Ibsen and a number of other writers and Intellectuals lose a lot of their aura and come out severely diminished.
If their work is universally acclaimed, their private life was full of evil deeds and malice, to say the least.
Dec 26, 2014 Qi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There is no God for the man who lives, as I did, for human praise". This finally realization of a minor Russian prince Kasatsky in his journey to seek God. This short story illustrated Tolstoy's religious view fully developed in his later years. In a way, this story gives flesh to "My Religion", a vision of Christianity in humility, self-giving charity to others.

The protagonist had sought God in the wrong places -- the love to his Emperor and military career, the illusionary perfect marital pr
Anoop Pai B
A short summary of the life of Prince Kasatsky, who denounces his professional ambition to be a monk. This is my first read from Leo Tolstoy, and I liked his writing. But not so much this book.
I did not understand why he chose to be a monk. Was it heart break or because his ego was hurt? probably the latter. Either ways his decision to be a monk was not justified, he could have led a different life by the country side, rather than choosing to be a monk.
Apr 27, 2016 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic Tolstoy novella. An overachiever in the world drops it all to be a monk. He's also an overachiever as a monk. He's beset with doubts about the faith and with temptations. He beats them all back with his pride. Tolstoy digs into this devout/arrogant monk. What happens if he falls short of what his pride demands? A great read especially for those of us struggling in our faith.
Natasha Castillo
Novela corta de una lectura agradable a primera vista, muestra un personaje que busca en la vida monástica la respuesta al sentido de su vida, un reflejo de una religiosidad en la que parece que el hombre sólo alcanza la salvación cuando aplasta sus pasiones. Fue algo profundo con sus reflexiones, pero aun así falto algo, no sé, quedé medio aturdida al concluirlo, ofrece un final con una especie de moraleja con ese toque de ironía, y un pequeño sentido del humor que dio algo de 'toque'. No fue p ...more
Jul 28, 2012 Alana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was adaptaded for cinema by Taviani Brothers in 1990, under the name of "Il Sole Anche di Notti" or "Night Sun", the english Title, With Julian Sands beatifully in the role of Father Sergius. A wonderful, incredibly work where silence speaks so much than everything else...
I Highly recommend both!
Mar 13, 2014 Teona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-ბებია, ვიღაც საშინელი ბებერი კაცი გეძებს.
ლუკერიამ გაიხედა.
-ესეც ვიღაც ყარიბია, ქალბატონო.
პრასკოვია მიხაილოვნამ გამხდარი იდაყვები გაიწმინდა, ხელები წინსაფარზე შეიმშრალა და ოთახში შესვლა დააპირა საფულისათვის, რათა ხუთკაპიკიანი ეჩუქებინა, მაგრამ გაახსენდა, რომ ვერცხლის ფულის გარდა ხურდა არა ჰქონდა და გადაწყვიტა პური მიეცა, კარადასთან მივიდა, მაგრამ უცებ შერცხვა, გაახსენდა, რომ დაენანა და უბრძანა ლუკერიას, პური მოეტეხა, თვითონ კი ოთახში შებრუნდა, რათა ვერცხლის ფულიც დაემატებინა. "ესეც შენი სასჯელი
Marts  (Thinker)
After an introduction to Prince Stepan Kasatsky, we are told of his misfortunes; his fiancee's affair, his becoming a monk then a hermit, his temptations, and ever disquiet mind...
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Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой; commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries) was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider To ...more
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“He wanted and needed their love, but felt none towards them. He now had neither love nor humility nor purity” 6 likes
“But it was not only by this feeling, as Varvara thought, that he was guided. Mingling with his pride, with his need always to be first, was another motive, at which Varvara did not guess - a truly religious urge. His disillusionment in Mary (his betrothed), whom he had imagined such a saint, his feeling of outrage was so cruel that he sank into despair; and despair led him - whither? To God, to the faith of his childhood, which had never lost its hold upon him.” 2 likes
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