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IResurrection/I combines a love story with a ferocious attack on the Russian regime. Prince Dmitrii Nekhliudov is a member of a jury trying Katiusha Maslova for murder. Before long, though, he puts himself on trial and condemns all of upper-class and official Russia. Meanwhile, once convicted, Maslova evolves from prostitute to revolutionary. In the stories of Maslova and...more
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Published February 28th 1966 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 1899)
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sckenda
Jun 12, 2014 sckenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Revolutionaries of the Sprit
Recommended to sckenda by: Charmazel Dudt and Dorothy Day
Tolstoy summons us to the barricades—for love. As I hear him, he asks, ‘Is it not time for a revolution of the heart? Is it not time to recognize that mutual love—not economics or politics is the fundamental law of human life?’

Prince Nekhlyudov (“Neck”*) undergoes a spiritual crisis. While serving as a juror during the trial of a prostitute accused of murder, he realizes that the accused is Maslova, the peasant girl that he once seduced and abandoned after impregnating.

Plagued by guilt for hav...more
MJ Nicholls
Ignore the cynics. Tolstoy's novel is a moralistic tale, yes, but the finest you are ever going to read. Life-changing.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Annelida
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...more
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.
Hortense
Tolstoy's finest book. Read it in daylight, read it at night. Read it plunged in gloomy regret and de-aestheticized pallor, at grim dawn in relentless gladness- your heart is at last secure and the gospel resides within you. Now, go interview your prisoner.
Mohammed Yusuf
رواية ثورية تحمل روح نقدية عالية لنمط لحياة والتدين للقانون والقضاء ولكثير من الطرق الوضعية البشرية

كيف يمكن للحظة ما أن تغير نظرتك للحياة , أن تغير رؤيتك تجاهها , كيف لك أن تصطدم بمجتمعك بنفسك وبالكون و تقرر مواجهته من داخلك , إن الروح الإنسانية التي يبشر بها تولستوي هنا جميلة ومستحيلة كما تقول الأغنية ويسوق النص

على ذات البعد يقف كثير من المصلحين , ربما تختلف طرقهم لكن كلهم يسعون لغاية واحدة , لابد أن كل واحد منّا فكّر مرة ولو للحظة بأن يكون فجر الإنسانية عبره , أن يبدل ظلم العالم إلى خير , أن
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Teo
Vaskrsenje je poslednji Tolstojev roman i prvi roman koji je napisao nakon duboke stvaralačke krize i sumnje u književnost. Kada je pisao ovaj roman, Tolstoj ne samo da je bio slavljeni evropski pisac već je postao i neka vrsta propovednika, koji je svojim radiklanim stavovima i idejama duboko uticao na intelektualce širom sveta (ne treba zaboraviti koliko su za Gandija Tolstojeve ideje bile izuzetno važne). Zato i ne čudi podatak da je Vaskrsenje dočekano sa velikim oduševljenjem širom Evrope a...more
Deirdre Clare
Long, long fairly painful book that somehow I struggled through and found hugely rewarding by the end.
kristin
Nov 19, 2009 kristin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
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...more
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...more
Laura
From BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial:
Robert Forrest's dramatisation of Leo Tolstoy's last major work.

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.

2/2. Prince Dmitri follows the young prostitute Katerina Maslova to Sibe
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Laurele
In this, his final novel, Tolstoy almost sounds like Dostoevsky. The plot of Resurrection is lean: a young nobleman misuses a serving girl and she is cast out, to become a prostitute. Later, he repents his misdeed and attempts to redeem himself by following her to her place of exile in Siberia, where he plans to marry her, if necessary. In the end, he has a conversion of sorts, vowing to follow the Sermon on the Mount.
Yani
No es un libro malo. En absoluto. Me gustó, pero sentí que podría haber constado de menos páginas y menos discursos tendenciosos en el final. Resurrección es una historia sobre la redención y la nueva vida que viene indirectamente con ella. El título es bastante explícito al respecto.

Nejludov (uso los nombres como están en esta edición en español) es un hombre de buena posición social que lo tiene todo, excepto una conciencia limpia. Algo hizo. Y los recuerdos de ese algo aparecen frente a s...more
Steve Lindahl
I was disappointed in Resurrection, but there are aspects of it I liked.

I finished it five days ago and have since started reading War and Peace. Immediately I can see what's missing from Resurrection. The story centers almost entirely around the character of Prince Dmitri Ivanovitch Nekhludoff and his struggle is a philosophical one. He's born with a silver spoon and wants to use it as a tool to build a better world. (This feels autobiographical since Tolstoy apparently wanted to use his skills...more
Faye
There was an underlying tone of desperation in this book that I found almost unsettling. Tolstoy was approaching the end of his life, and he knew he had to get a message across to the world before he left it. For that reason, the story seemed secondary to the philosophizing in this book. He would transcribe conversations in great detail if they were discussions about prisons or the class system, but then skim over events that would have been interesting to see in detail in a regular novel. It wa...more
LadySabrina
Tolstoy, Leo. The Resurrection. New York: Penguin Classics, 1966.

In Tolstoy’s The Resurrection, the protagonist, Prince Nekhlyudov realizes that the young innocent woman in the jury trial, who is now being sentenced to ten years of penal servitude in Siberia, is his once beloved lover Katusha, who he had impregnated and abandoned ten years earlier. After discovering this Nekhlyudov goes on a mission to absolve himself of the guilt of ruining Katusha ( now the prostitute, named Maslova), to assu...more
Huyen
I read this book eons ago and to be honest, back then I just could not make up my mind whether I really liked it or really disliked it. I had a hunch that something obvious doesn’t resonate with my instinctive belief. I couldn’t pinpoint it or maybe I could but I didn’t see enough evidence to defend my point. So it’s been quietly sitting at the back of my mind for a year, sometimes I regurgitate it to think a little and it has taken a very very long time until this day arrives, when I decide tha...more
matt

Not stellar, like Anna Karenina or some of the short stories. I haven't read the daunting "War And Peace" yet but maybe in about 10 years or so.

It's easy to get through, the sheer storytelling strength from The Old Master is the real stand-out here. The pages pretty much fly by and gather momentum.

The other big strength, so to speak, is Tolstoy's political vision. Even if it's a little...sentimental, or wild-eyed, or trenchant or whatever it's always nice to see that a canonical writer is someon...more
Sarah Chapin
In "What is Art?" Tolstoy wrote that the definition of art is "To evoke in oneself a feeling one has once experienced and having evoked it in oneself then by means of movements, lines, colours, sounds, or forms expressed in words, so to transmit that feeling that others experience the same feeling— this is the activity of art." Resurrection definitely falls into this category. It seems to me that this is by far his most mature work and is quite autobiographical.

Some parts do feel a bit "preachy...more
Yasin Sakal
Tolstoy gibi büyük yazarların eserlerini puanlamayı saçma buluyorum. Ben kimim ki Tolstoy'a yıldız veriyorum.

Anna Karenina kadar kalın olmasa da ondan daha ağır bir roman Diriliş. Dili anlatımı ve konusuyla daha da derinde. Sadece insan ilişkilerini değil devleti, hukuku, adalet kavramını, dindar bağnazlığı, bürokrasinin kokuşmuşluğunu sonuna kadar eleştiren bir başyapıt. Güncelliğini kaybetmesi mümkün değil. Çünkü Tolstoy'un kıyasıya eleştirdiği adaletsizlik ve hukuksuzluk sadece ülkemizde d...more
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.
Lee
Putting it down after 130 or so pages. Felt myself wanting to skim. Couldn't deal with the dropped haitches in the dialogue. Not into Russian legal and penal stories. Not engaged by characters or story or language or setting or narrative voice. Tolstoy without the majesty and grandeur and authority . . . Maybe it gets better but I can't seem to make any progress and it's midwinter and I'd like to read something I actively want to read.
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 why i like reading. Very, very special for me.
Narbeh
The writing is beyond top notch. A beautiful story of redemption that can be applied with or without a religion.
Federico Trejos
WELL YEAH RUSSIAN LITERATURE IS LIFE GRM AND ENLIGHTENED YET WITH SO MUCH MARTYRDOM, IRONY, A DROP OF HOPE AND ANOTHER OF DESPAIR...VERY FULLFILLIN SPECIALLY AFTER READING THE IDIOT OF DOSTOEVSKY, WHAT A CONTRAST! D. IS SO MUCH INVOLVED WITH ODDNESS AND PSYCHOLOGY IN THE LEAST CRAZY BOOK OF HIS, WHILE TOLSTOY IS MUCH MORE SOCIAL MINDED, YET BRILLIANT, BRINGS US THROUGH ALL THE RELIGIOUS AND VITALITY OF HUMAN DILEMMAS TAKEN TO ANOTHER OCTAVE. DEFINITELY FOR MORALISTIC PEOPLE IN THE SENSE OF THOSE...more
Brian Bess
The criticisms of this novel are largely misdirected. There are no more digressions or polemical passages than there are in War and Peace which, if one were to delete all of the pontification and historiography and theological interpretation, would probably be half as long as it is. The novel is inferior to War and Peace and Anna Karenina primarily because it lacks the laser precision those novels have of penetration into the souls of a variety of characters. Tolstoy is God in those novels, with...more
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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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