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Kreutzer Sonata and Family Happiness
by Leo Tolstoy
As a novelist Tolstoy is not all of a piece, and as a man he is full of contradictions, none more evident than those revealed in THE KREUTZER SONATA. This macabre story concerns the murder of a wife by her husband. Chained to the crime by his conscience, the narrator is filled with an intense self-loathing not so much for the murder as for his inability to explain away its ...more
Published December 31st 1994 by Blackstone Audiobooks
(first published 1890)
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I love Tolstoy but found little to like in the Kreutzer Sonata. Most sounds like a rant by an old man on the treachery of women. Family Happiness is a little better. I listened to the audiobook. Might be better to look for a free e-book on Project Gutenberg.
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 ...moreMore about Leo Tolstoy...
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