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The Devil and Other Stories

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This collection of eleven stories spans virtually the whole of Tolstoy's creative life. While each is unique in form, as a group they are representative of his style, and touch on the central themes that surface in War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Stories as different as "The Snowstorm", "Lucerne", "The Diary of a Madman", and "The Devil" are grounded in autobiographical e

Paperback, 296 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2003)
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[Note: I actually read this story in The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories, trans and intro by David McDuff in Penguin; but wanted to post my review just of the story itself - so here it is:]

While reading this tale all I felt was the impossibility of helping someone like Tolstoy. Because he was so caught up in his own view of things as a male looking at females in a particular way, it seemed there would be no point even attempting to talk to him about any other possibility.

I feel this is what hi...more
Tolstói é um grande narrador. Suas histórias têm uma impressionante capacidade de envolver o leitor, mesmo quando assumem um tom mais pregador, moralista, religioso. É realmente quando a forma comanda o texto. Neste volume não é diferente.
São cinco histórias. A primeira, “Três mortes”, foi o que me levou a ler o livro. Afinal, criticado por Bakhtin em seu estudo sobre Dostoiévski, o conto de Tolstói sobre a morte pode não ter o quilate de sua novela sobre Ivan Illitich, mas, ainda assim, é sutil...more
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"Estirado no fosso, Stiepan não cessava de ver diante de si o rosto magro, assustado, dócil, de Maria Semiónovna, e de ouvir-lhe as palavras: "Como pode?", dizia a voz única, ciciante, queixosa. Stiepan revivia tudo o que fizera a ela. Ficou apavorado, e fechou os olhos, e sacudiu a cabeça cabeluda tentando expulsar tais pensamentos e recordações. Por instantes livrava-se deles, mas em seu lugar lhe apareciam, primeiro, um demônio, depois outro, e mais outros demônios de olhos vermelhos, e fazia...more
The only work of Tolstoy I'd read to this day was the Kreutzer Sonata which is an underrated masterpiece. However, I did not get the same taste from this collection of short stories. Perhaps the reason depends on the time, the experience and the life of Tolstoy at the time he penned those stories since they were not written to be taken together and put into a certain category. Dostoyevsky is still the apple of my eye though I know a comparison of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky is ridiculous and absurd....more
Really interesting and powerful set of stories to read - especially after having recently read a biography of him. Having both the endings for the story "The Devil" next door to each other in the text messed with my head a bit - I wish they had put one of them at the end in the appendix so you could think about the story when you had finished it without the extra complication of thinking about two endings at once.
I was surprised to fall in love with such characters and story that normally doesn't appeal to me.
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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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