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Master and Man

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A short story from the Classic Shorts collection: Family Happiness by Leo Tolstoy
ebook, 100 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1895)
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Afshar
این کتاب جزو اولین آثاری بود که از لئو تولستوی خوندم
نمیدانم دقیقا چند سال پیش بود ولی اصلا لذت نبردم

احتمالا یکبار دیگه بخونمش
چون از تولستوی هرچی کتاب تا حالا خوندم عالی بوده

شاید خوندم و باز لذت نبردم
استثنائات همیشه وجود دارند
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Samadrita
My God! These Russians. I know this is perhaps an irreverent way of addressing Tolstoy, but I can't help but club him with the group of illustrious Russian writers that gave the world so much to treasure. Sometimes I wonder how every single one of them can be so damn bloody brilliant. Amazing and awe-inspiring. I have no words or at least I don't have words enough to describe the beauty of this work.
Perhaps it is an irony of the highest order that a country, which has been headed mostly by a gro
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Mahsa
هنر در ذات نوعی اعتراض است و وظیفه هنرمندبالفعل کردن اعتراض درقالب

آلت وافزارمناسب است می توان عنوان کرد نویسنده ها بمانند گوش وچشم کالبد

جامعه هستندکه در راستای اهداف ومنافع مردم وبازگو کردن ظلم وستمی پنهان

گاهی قلمشان سانسور و مدفون میشود

ارباب ونوکر،خان و رعیت ، ظلمی رایج وحقیقت دردناک وتلخ که منحصر به قوم

وملت یا محدوده ومنطقه ویا دوره وزمان خاصی نبوده وسایه شوم این

نابرابری وناعدالتی انسانی زنده وقبراق هنوز نفس می کشد

کتاب خالی از هرگونه ربایش وکششی برای خواننده است محیط یکنواخت وسرد

داستان
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Fahad
السيد والخادم

أتهيب القراءة للأدباء الروس، يردعني عنهم طول مؤلفاتهم والبؤس الذي يسكنها، لدي كتب لبوشكين وغوغول وتورجينيف، وأغلب كتب دستويفسكي وتولستوي وتشيخوف وغوركي وبولغاكوف وشولوخوف وسولجنتسين، ولكني نادرا ً ما أتشجع واقرأ لهم، في كل مرة أشعر بأني مقبل على مشروع ضخم، يحتاج إلى وقت وبال، وأنا بالكاد أجمعهما معا ً.

فلذا بدت لي هذه المجموعة القصصية لتولستوي حلا ً وسطا ً، 450 صفحة من قصص متنوعة، قصيرة أو طويلة، يمكنني أن أمضي فيها وقتا ً مع هذا العملاق الروسي، ربما لأشجع نفسي على قراءة حربه وسلام
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Andrea Ika
These three stories of Tolstoy's maturity show him increasingly grappling with fundamental issues of religion and morality. In "Master and Man", he depicts an employer, bent on closing a business deal, travelling with his servant through the swirling snow - little realizing how soon he may have to settle his accounts with his maker. "Father Sergius" portrays a priest tormented beyond endurance by the longings of his body, while "Hadji Murat" dramatizes the divided loyalties of a leading figure i ...more
Lavender Libya
كتاب ااكثر من رائع وقصص قيمة ومفيدة ومليئة بالعبر كعادة ليو تولستوي
Maria
It was my dearest insomnia that led me to my very first encounter with Leo Tolstoy. I must say the omniscient narrator in Master and Man is quite a skilled storyteller. I was chilled to the bone at some point. Peak of summer and I found myself reaching for a blanket. Power of suggestion? Perhaps an extremely gifted writer.

Vasili Andreevich and Nikita are two brilliant characters and there is so much growth for such a short little tale. The change doesn’t seem extravagant though, it just feels… r
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Gisoo
یک داستان که گمونم اگه در یک شب برفی زمستونی خونده بشه بیشتر به دل می شینه...چون این قدر خوب فضارو تعریفش می کنه که سرمای برف رو حس می کنی و نوک انگشتات سرد می شن.
Jason
Wow what a story. I started reading this as I thought it was going to be similar to some of my favourite scenes in Anna Karenina, where Tolstoy wrote about the daily workings of the farm and the business deals that Levin made. But surprisingly it was nothing like that, this is more like the work of Jack London, surviving in harsh conditions.

In the story the master is desperate to make a deal to buy a piece of land and he needs to do this before anybody else can beat him to it, so he ventures out
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Fatin
Welcoming Tolstoy into my world. I'm not veryveryvery impressed, but the writing was beautiful and rich with symbolism. An onion, layers and layers can be peeled off.
I have a feeling, I'll keep thinking about this until I am veryveryvery impressed but at the moment, I'm not.

Here's a particular gem though:
"'Nikita's alive, which means I'm alive, too,'"
Vaughn
This is a superbly written account of three primary characters, the master, his servant, and the master’s horse. The master thinks that he superior to everyone else including his servant and his wife. He cheats everyone, thinking they don’t understand what he’s doing, but he only succeeds because he is the master, not because of his wit.

As the story unfolds, many elements of Tolstoy’s writings (man, society, and nature) are evident as the two men embark on what should be a simple business trip
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Gautam
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Jochen
Ein perfekter Text, aus einem Land, in dem der Winter töten kann. Immer wieder beeindruckend, wie Tolstoi seine Überzeugungen in Geschichten übersetzen kann, die aber überhaupt nicht lehrstückhaft wirken (obwohl die Konstellation an Brechts "Die Ausnahme und die Regel" erinnert), weil er die Atmosphäre genau kennt und alles ganz natürlich abläuft. So daß man gar nicht zweifelt, ob es solche beispielhaften Menschen wirklich gibt. Es wirkt so, als sei das in Rußland eben so, als hätten einfache Kn ...more
Mohnish
I have a soft corner for Tolstoy because http://www.dailygood.org/story/632/si... he was not just a genius writer but had a lot of character as well. Whatever he wrote was not just an idea/moral that he wanted to be conveyed & grow in society but he implemented them in his life which takes a lot of strength (He even put hold writing Anna Karenina for a year, to help his fellow peasants during a famine) but yes, he was lucky to be born in an aristocratic Russian family, so he didn't have to c ...more
هاشم السداوى
اول ما مسكت الكتاب كنت فاكره مفيهوش غير السيد والخادم بس
لكن اكتشفت انه عارة عن الجزء السابع عشر من الاعمال الكاملة لتولستوى
بجانب السيد والخادم هناك العديد من الاعمال الاخرى الرائعه للكاتب الكبير
كتاب يستحق القراءة
Cheryl Kennedy
Throughout history, wise man have said the measure of a man cannot be taken until we know how he faces death. Leo Tolstoy in MASTER AND MAN couragously takes the reader to that place and time and asks essential questions.

Can you find nobility under a life littered with greed, manipulation, and disregard for others? When faced with letting go of how one has navigated through time, what thoughts fall away and what judgments are made? What does it take for change to occur in the last moments even w
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Aalaa Omar
Mar 05, 2015 Aalaa Omar is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
اليوم أنهيت أول قصة من الكتاب , الذى اكتشفت انه عبارة عن جزء من الاعمال الكاملة ل تولستوى وليس فقط قصة السيد والخادم ..

الحقيقة أنى عادةً لا ألجأ الى كتابة رأيى عن الكتاب الا بعدما أنهيه, لا لشىء إلا أننى أُفضِّل التركيز ف ما أقرأه , حتى أنهيه , أو ينهينى .. ثم أحاول التعبير عما بداخلى من شعور بعد الانتهاء من هذا الذى كنت أقرأه , كى أتذكر لاحقا هذا الشعور وهذه الأيام..
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المهم ,,
السيد والخادم ..

حقيقةً أنا كنت متحمسة جدا للقراءة لتولستوى , ظللت أفكر كثيرا بم أبتدئ له وأى من أعماله سيشجعنى أكثر و
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Saoirse
Je crois que j'ai préféré Maître et serviteur à La mort d'Ivan Ilitch. Les descriptions sont parfaites, l'ambiance est vraiment restituée, on s'y croirait. J'avais peur, j'avais froid avec eux. Et je dois avouer avoir été surprise par la fin, je ne m'attendais pas à ça.

Review depuis cette édition :
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Ross
It was so nice to read something by LT that wasn't about Russian high society, Napolean, History, or war. It was also great to read something by him that was super short. This is the perfect War and Peace chaser, and I heartily recommend.

Also: always wear warm clothes if you're headed out into a blizzard in RUSSIA. Just saying.
Babak Habibi
یکی از آثار خوب کلاسیک روسی که در عین سادگی بیان و کوتاهی داستان به خوبی منظورش رو میرسونه.
اینکه دیدگاههای یه ارباب با بنده اش چقدر فرق داره و خواستههاشون از زندگی چیه و تو شرایط سخت این آدما به چه کسایی تبدیل میشن و نتیجشون چیه
مثل همیشه خوشحالم که وقتمو گذاشتم برایِ خوندن کتاب تولستوی :(
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Mark Wilkerson
What a story! This is a remarkably effective, yet simple tale, of two men, a businessman and his trusty assistant, who set off in the afternoon of a cold and bitter Russian day with a reliable horse in search of a town where a business meeting is to take place. They get lost, and a challenge for survival ensues. Read alongside Jack London's "To Build a Fire," and you will never see a pretty snowfall in the same way again.

If you are unfamiliar with the epic works of Tolstoy, this is as good an i
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Carrie Anne
When a story that includes freezing to death in a Russian blizzard is the most uplifiting in a book of short stories, you know you're reading Russian literature.
Deirdre Clare
Beautiful observed and told, poignant, classic Tolstoy short story. Wish it could have gone on a lot longer.
Shervin Ghiami
8.5

It should come across as no surprise that one of the greatest atmospheres ever created should come from Leo Tolstoy. Master and Man details the existential crisis of Vasili Andreyitch as he slowly freezes to death in the frozen Steppes of Siberia. Tolstoy's solution includes a softened vilification of material goods.

Notably, the title is incredible fitting given the thematic content of this novella. Who is the master? Is it Vasili Andreyitch, or is it God? The literary equivalent of Zyganitse
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Victoire
So i had to read a book for my AP world History class and since i was stupid and procrastinated till the day before it was due i needed a short easy read. Which is pretty hard since classics are not the easiest literature to read and comprehend what is going on. My parents recommended this book to me, it was on the list of books and it was only around 73 pages on my classic free book app. Let me tell you I was blown away by this book! In a nut shell its about a master and his laborer in 1885 Rus ...more
Garth
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Realini
Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy

I’ve been reading Tolstoy’s short stories with great pleasure. So could you: Tolstoy, Homer, Austen, Dostoyevsky and many other great writers can be found on the web, free of charge.

The copyright has expired for many chef d’oeuvres. In fact, about half of the top 100 Best Books ever, The Guardian list are available: from the Gutenberg project or elsewhere. There is no excuse not to read them.

The pleasure of reading them has been great, in most cases.

There is the odd
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Luana Fortes Miranda
Nikita, le valet, fait attention au patron, au cheval, et à tous. Il ne vas pas à la messe, mais a de la pitié et de la bonté - et n'a pas de peur de la mort.

Vassílii Andréitch, le patron, ne pense qu'à son argent, "o objetivo, o significado, a alegria e o orgulho de toda a sua vida - o dinheiro que ganhara e que ainda podia ganhar". Il a de l'angoisse et du peur : il commence à prier et se rappelle des messes, mais non, les messes ne conduisent pas à Dieu. La nuit d'hiver en plein air en Russie
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Christopher
My first Russian piece. Tolstoy's Novela about class, morality, greed, and death moves. First you can feel the winter as the two protagonist embark on a stormy, horse drawn sleigh journey to do some long awaited business. You then feel the fear and panic of getting lost, the stubborn resolve of setting out again, and finally the spirituality of facing the Master of all.

The story can move an atheist. Where can one find happiness in this life, if not by living for someone else?
Janith Pathirage
Tolstoy once again repeats one of his famous themes, that the only true happiness in life is found by living for others. Really enjoyed this little adventure of Andreevich Brekhunov and Nikita. Once again it shows us how difference circumstances brings out the true nature of a person. He could be a saint to the world but when you put him through a life and death situation, survival instincts will make him a devil instantly.
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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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“Although Vasili Andreevich felt quite warm in his two fur coats, especially after struggling in the snow drift, a cold shiver ran down his back on realizing that he must really spend the night where they were.” 2 likes
“Он, как и все люди, живущие с природой и знающие нужду, был терпелив и мог спокойно ждать часы, дни даже, не испытывая ни беспокойства, ни раздражения.

(He, like all people who live with nature and know want, was patient and could wait calmly for hours, even days, without feeling either alarm or vexation)”
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