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The Power of Darkness

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The Power of Darkness (Russian: Власть тьмы, Vlast' t'my) is a five-act drama by Leo Tolstoy. Written in 1886, the play's production was forbidden to be produced in Russia until 1902, mainly through the influence of Konstantin Pobedonostsev. In spite of the ban, the play was unofficially produced and read numerous times.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing (first published January 1st 1987)
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Этой проникновенной пьесой Лев Николаевич Толстой очередной раз попытался показать, что спасение грешного человека лежит только через путь искреннего раскаяния. Уже не так важно как он далеко зашёл в своих поступках, а важнее то, что спасение души и её покой можно достичь только путём всё того же раскаяния.
The most unsettling aspect of this play was that Tolstoy was influenced by a real incident. In 1880, a muzhik publicly confessed, during his daughter's wedding, that he had a baby with her, but killed it as soon as it came into the world. In 1885, as reported by the author himself in his diary, he begins composing The Power of Darkness.
The story itself was the most disturbing thing I've encountered this year. The characters were selfish, relentless, that sacrificed everything in the name of oppo
Laura Wetsel
It's so powerful that the horror of it made me physically ill.
Alfajri Putra
Before i was knew this novel for a whole, I-literally- doesnt even interesting about this novel. My first introduction to this novel is when this novel was played in my drama class. We were adopt its story. The story is quite interesting, where as Tolstoy's stories before, very strong conflicts within the family, highlighting the life of Russian society at the time.
Ana Rînceanu
"The Power of Darkness" was the first play Tolstoy ever wrote and in my opinion, the darkest. It deals with greed, lust, murder and redemption in a Russian village. Like a lot of his work this feels more like a warning to society than entertainment.
Raquel Curvacheiro
o meu primeiro Tolstoy... tinha 13 aninhos...
Was not expecting something that happens in it.
Julie Rylie
Recommended by Emma Goldman
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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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