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Die Kreutzersonate

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  8,661 ratings  ·  433 reviews
Auf einer nächtlichen Bahnreise durch das winterliche Russland entspinnt sich zwischen wechselnden Fahrgästen ein langes Gespräch über Liebe, Ehe, Moral und Gesellschaft. Gegen Ende erzählt der ehemalige Gutsbesitzer Posdnyschew einem Mitreisenden vom tragischen Verlauf seiner Ehe und legt ein erschütterndes Geständnis ab: Zunehmend enttäuscht und von unbegründeter Eifersu ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by Insel Verlag (first published 1889)
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
Lookie here, folks, this is me giving a 4-star rating to a massively sexist, pro-Christian, anti-sex, anti-birth-control novella about a guy who murders his wife for maybe cheating on him, feels justified in doing so, and gets away with it! (All of that plot-reveal is in the book's description, spoiler-markers. This story isn't about that basic series of events, but about a man's rationalization process concerning that quickly-summarized back-story, so keep your dirty mouse-clicks off of my revi ...more
I read this after finishing Sofia Tolstoy's wonderful diaries because the theme of The Kreutzer Sonata so exactly mirrored an episode in her life when her husband became jealous of a musician friend of hers and of the hours they spent playing music together. That real life episode gave the novella an extra relevance for me but otherwise I found it difficult to understand. I think I prefer the Tolstoy of War and Peace and Anna Karenina to the more fundamentalist Tolstoy who wrote this novella. Ho ...more
Jan 12, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: misogynists and fragile vessels
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list

Well that was a short, sharp burst of Tolstoy all wrapped up in the pleasingly presented package that is the Great Loves series by Penguin. Constrained to the length of a train journey, two men sharing a carriage also share a secret. One explains to the other how you can be transformed from ardent lover to cold blooded killer within a few short years of marriage. So how does one make the smooth transition from Don Juan to homicidal maniac?

There are some fairly sexist, misogynist and antiquated
Aug 05, 2011 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: 1001 Must Read Before You Die List
This must be the most disturbing view of love, sex and marriage I've come across in classical literature. I wish Tolstoy in his time had an opportunity to explore his feelings about his sexuality with a good psychotherapist. According to him, sex is vile and degrading, being sexually attracted to even one's spouse is disgusting, having sex for any reason other than procreation is disgusting, women are disgusting objects of men's disgusting desires. Every person's life goal should be chastity and ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I drew my conclusions about this novella prior to reading Tolstoy's Afterword. In the Afterword, he reveals his intended messages for the book---and also reveals himself to be a serious headcase!
I waited until I'd finished the book before reading Doris Lessing's introduction about Tolstoy's life. He was a total hypocrite, making demands on his wife that were entirely at odds with the "ideal" he promotes in the Afterword.

But no matter. My rating is based on my experience of the story. What I go
Though I do not agree with all the arguments which Tolstoy's protagonist raises, I think this novella is very well written and has many controversial opinions on sex, marriage, love etc. I give this one 4.5/5 stars because it asks many important questions though it might not answer everything perfectly as some of the readers would prefer it to. Tolstoy might have been in great anguish and frustration when he wrote this one as it is filled with anger and cynicism. Read at your own risk. It might ...more
Leo ed Henri culo e camicia
Nonostante questo libro continui a non piacermi un granché, ci sono validi motivi per leggerlo, oltre naturalmente al fatto che la vostra amica Noce Moscata l’abbia letto e quindi anche voi vorrete fare altrettanto. (vero?)

A) Stilisticamente parlando, Tolstoj avrebbe scritto bene anche col delirium tremens o con una pistola puntata alla testa.

B) Inizia con una normale e casuale conversazione in treno. Normale un par de palle. L’ultima volta che ho preso il treno (era
I will admit, since it suggests something about this one's clarity/readability and the effectiveness of its short chapters, that I read this under blankets with a cat in my lap on a sleepy January Saturday spent watching the riveting NFL divisional playoff games almost on mute -- the double OT Broncos/Ravens game was an epic worthy of Tolstoy, although this late-style gripping polemical narrative essay of course didn't meet the seven-star standards set by Leo's masterpieces. Like Zwieg's Chess S ...more
Ludwig van Beethoven dedicated his 9th sonata to Rodolphe Kreutzer, French violinist. Later Kreutzer refused to play the sonata and treated it as "incomprehensible". Tolstoy wrote his jealousy homicide story 90 years later and this is the most misogynistic text I ever read. The novel is set against women and against sexual relationships overall. 90 pages of an explosive rant against coitus, told from a point of view of a wife-killer who couldn't stand his wife, who maybe cheated on him. What she ...more
Beethoven wrote the Kreutzer Sonata during a time of personal crisis while recognizing his encroaching deafness. His music referenced struggle and heroics during this period.

Tolstoy wrote the novella by the same name during a time of religious crisis. Unable to reconcile his behavior with the ideals of religious dogma, his view of life became dark and uncompromising. Love, marriage, sensuality, children were compared with the words of scripture, and none measured up to the rules applied, the pro
Sono un rudere, io, un menomato. Una cosa sola c'è in me, so "io": e ho fede di sapere quello che non tutti riusciranno a conoscere tanto presto.

Qualche tempo fa, nel tentativo di consolare un'amica che, avendo lasciato il proprio ragazzo e avendolo rivisto con un'altra, si sentiva quantomai sola e ripeteva "Alla fine rimango sola sempre e solo io", ho compiuto uno degli errori più grossi della mia carriera di consolatrice. Le ho risposto, con la convinzione di darle sicuramente molto sollievo,
¿Le queda algo por criticar a Tolstoi en esta novela? He leído que todas sus novelas tienen algo de autobiográfico, pero espero que no tenga todos estos pensamientos porque si no, de ahora en adelante, le odiaré.
No me extraña que "Sonata a Kreutzer" fuese censurada en su época. Primero porque habla de sexo y deseo sexual sin tapujos (y en esos años no se atrevían a hacerlo) y segundo porque puede meter ideas descabelladas en las mentes débiles: ¡ASESINATOOOO!

He odiado que ponga a las mujeres de
Carmo Santos
"Pergunte a uma mulher qual é preferível, passar por mentirosa ou parecer mal arranjada...Ela preferirá a primeira alternativa." pág21

"Desde que um homem se aproxima de uma mulher, deixa-se influenciar pelos seus sortilégios e torna-se louco." pág.26

"A paixão sexual, qualquer que seja o cenário que a envolva, é um mal horrível que é preciso combater e não encorajar..."

"No fundo de mim borbulhava continuamente um ódio hediondo. Odiava-a por tudo, porque levava a colher à boca, porque sorvia o chá
Gloria Mundi
This book encapsulates everything I hate about the sanctimonious pontificating hypocritical nob (technical legal term) that is Leo Tolstoy. The premise is so absurd it is laughable. What we have here is a religious manifesto promoting abstinence and castigating physical love by a man who spent a significant proportion of his life deflowering virgins and impregnating his wife.

It is a short story, so it would be petty to bemoan time spent on it, however, I do sincerely regret having ever picked i
Unbelievably didactic...
This novella was so caught up in its own ideology and notions about marriage and the relations between men and women that it forgot to deal with inhabited, changing, flesh and blood characters.
The writing felt forced and crude and surprisingly artless.
A fail for me. Sadly.
I don't know how to rate this bizarre novella! Tolstoy's ideas are both prescient and bizarre, but it is so well-written that it held my interest throughout.
The plot is well-known, and it's constructed so that the reader knows right from the start that Posdichneff has killed his wife in a jealous fit of rage. That's not the point of the story anyway - it's really a very thinly veiled diatribe against 19th century Russian marriage, starring Woman as The Seducer Who Becomes Enslaved and The Haple
Praised by many as Tolstoy's best short story—or novella, really—I'm shocked that I've never read this until now, if only for the reason that Tolstoy's best inevitably means one of the best novellas ever written. And The Kreutzer Sonata is definitely that; it's also one of the beginning texts of existentialist literature, and I can imagine Camus and even Proust reading this with relish.

In a mere hundred or so pages, Tolstoy attacks everything: the oppressive system of gender inequality; the cla
I just saw that Tolstoy's wife composed some short story rebuttals [now published!] to add a sane perspective to his little "sonata!"

In reverse order, here's a link to the NY Times article, then the GR book link, and then a quote from the article, which might lead one to think Tolstoy was completely off his rocker, despite the picture in the Times.

His "newfound faith embroiled him in a tangle of contradictions that bedeviled both him and his wife up to the moment of his death in 1910. He was a r
Célia Loureiro
Um livrinho tão pequeno e com tanta intensidade! Foi a minha estreia com Tolstoi e maravilhou-me. É daqueles livros em que, de termos experienciado apenas a amargura de um lado da moeda, nunca saberemos o que sucedeu de resto. Este é um livro sobre um ciumento doentio, inseguro, cronicamente insatisfeito? Ou sobre um homem honesto que, na tentativa de se tornar num modelo de moralidade, casa como de si é esperado e é vítima duma vil traição? Haverá, de facto, traição?
O livro começa com uma viage

Antes de comenzar a hablar de la novela en sí quiero hacer una aclaración sobre algo que me gustaría haberme enterado antes: hacia la época en que Tolstói escribió este libro, estaba atravesando un profundo cambio en su forma de pensar y una crisis espiritual que lo llevó a cuestionar y juzgar muy severamente a la sociedad y a todo aquello que, basado en la palabra de Cristo, consideraba pecado.
Se dice que lo que lo llevó a escribir La sonata a Kreutzer fue un arranque de celos y desconfianza q
Maria João Fernandes
"A música não eleva a alma. A música também não diminui a alma. A música exaspera-a. (...) A música obriga a esquecer-nos da nossa verdadeira personalidade, transporta-nos a um estado que não é o nosso. Sob a influência da música temos a impressão de que sentimos o que não sentimos; que compreendemos o que na realidade não compreendemos;que podemos o que não podemos. É como o bocejo ou o riso. Não temos sono mas bocejamos quando vimos alguém bocejar. Não temos vontade de rir, mas rimo-nos, ouvin ...more
Mare figură Tolstoi ăsta!...

Povestioara e plină de idei exotice. Dar nu aş merge aşa departe ca puritanul de Theodore Roosevelt să spun că Tolstoi e un pervers sexual.

O recomand ca lectură obligatorie pentru cei care vor să se căsătorească. Nu în felul unei povestioare moralizatoare din care să se extragă înţelepciune de viaţă, ci ca o pauză, un respiro înainte de saltul în viaţa de cuplu.
Me dejó un poco en shock este libro, por varias razones. Primero porque me pareció muy violento, no solo por lo obvio de que el marido mata a la mujer, sino por toda la violencia que cuenta entre una pareja, y como va deformándose más hasta llegar al asesinato. El queda mal de por vida, y ella, pues muere sin que realmente sepamos qué pasa por su cabeza, cosa que es muy frustrante.
Pero también me pareció que muestra una manera de pensar de Tolstoy. Yo sabía que era muy Cristiano, pero antes que
Tolstoy, once again, speaking truth to power: men and women both are degraded, trapped and victimised by the social and cultural restraints put on women which prevent them from becoming, behaving, and being seen as human beings, and everything we "prove" with art and science to elevate ourselves as the most superior of animals is really just denial of the likelihood that we are the most slovenly and vicious animals of them all. If Tolstoy sounds pissed, I think it is only because he does wish fo ...more
Maria Ella
Review posted in my blog Markings Of A Dreamer

Dearest Leo,

Come and have a shot of Chivas (sorry, I don't have any Russian rum right here) with me, and let's do the Love talk. Let me gather my thoughts before I use them in this review. What I can say in the meantime is this:

Leo, you really are frustrated.

Yes, I do understand your sentiment, which is why in this novella of yours, the first time it was released; it was censored by the Russian Authorities. You dare to open their eyes wide open throu
"La sonata a Kreutzer e altri racconti" comprende romanzi brevi o lunghi come "La morte di Ivan' Il'ic" e "Padre Sérgij" che sono definiti le opere della maturità di Tolstoj.
"La sonata a Kreutzer" è un romanzo sull'amore carnale in netta contrapposizione con l'amore platonico, sulle gelosia che acceca e uccide, come quella che vive il protagonista. E' un romanzo di denuncia in cui Pozdnyscev si scaglia contro il matrimonio definendolo una prigione e non una salvezza dalla depravazione; contro la
Maegen Schmidt
Now before you get freak out, I don't hate Tolstoy's writing style. I read a short story by him several years ago and remember enjoying it and I definitely plan on reading his notable novels like "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina".

Sadly, what could have been an interesting, dark story about the inner workings of a psychopathic abuser's sick mind, we are given a lecture for most of the story that pretty much circulates around the same topics for the bulk of the story which are annoying from the
Sep 26, 2012 Sunny rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Gone Girl
Recommended to Sunny by: Boxall's 1001 Books to Read Before You Die
Jealousy is a madman's sickness.

I recently read Gone Girl and this was a perfect follow-up. I experienced the same sense of schadenfreude, even going so far as breaking out into fits of giggling at all of the inappropriate times.

This book is a wonderful trip down Crazy Street. Podznischeff tells the tale of his marriage, their immediate decline into an extremely dysfunctional relationship, and his ultimate descent into jealous rage about his wife's assumed affair with her music partner.

Once you
Elizabeth (Alaska)
Oh my!

This ended on a 5-star note, but the beginning was more essayish. It starts with a fellow offering a solution to a problem not yet stated. He suggests that, since man cannot be monogamous, he should be celibate. Really? And you think men will just rush out and adopt your solution?

Another statement is made that women are brought up from little girlhood to do nothing other than to attract a husband. In spite of all of our advances, this largely (though not the "nothing other" part) remains
Credo! O homem (Pózdnichev) assustou-me...E arrepio-me só de pensar que podem existir por aí, ainda, alguns exemplares destes!

"A sonata de Kreutzer" desliza bem ante os nossos olhos; o seu discurso vai de mão dada com uma energia contida, pulsante, de sentimentos tumultuosos que vão crescendo até ao limite da intensidade, até ao fim de um espaço vazio, onde nos desencontramos connosco.
A mim, desconcertou-me saber esta personagem tão perto de mim (poderosa escrita de Tolstói!), a falar aos borbot
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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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