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"Master and Man" (Russian: Хозяин и работник) is a story by Leo Tolstoy (1895).

It happened in the 'seventies in winter, on the day after St. Nicholas's Day. There was a fete in the parish and the innkeeper, Vasili Andreevich Brekhunov, a Second Guild merchant, being a church elder had to go to church, and had also to entertain his relatives and friends at home. But when th
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Published February 8th 2006 (first published 1895)
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The very meaning of life is sometimes learned through unexpected events or turmoils that may happen at-least once in our lives. My grandfather once told me :" You realize that the things you deem important would prove otherwise at one stage of your life".This is a complicated thought that you may only experience in due time and may not comprehend it wholly before that particular time frame. I still don't get it though I feel it is true.

Leo Tolstoy's 'Master and Man' is the story of a man who con
Ahmad Sharabiani
Master and Man, Leo Tolstoy
عنوانها: ارباب و نوکر؛ ارباب و بنده؛
عنوان: ارباب و نوکر؛ نویسنده: لئو تولستوی؛ مترجم: مهران محبوبی؛ تهران، ارغنون، 1370؛ در 112 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان روسی قرن 19 م
عنوان: ارباب و بنده؛ نویسنده: لئو تولستوی؛ مترجم: سروش حبیبی؛ تهران، چشمه، 1389؛ در 87 ص؛ شابک: 9789643625870؛ چاپ دوم 1390؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان روسی قرن 19 م
Jun 26, 2015 Afshar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
فهد الفهد
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
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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It happened in the 'seventies in winter, on the day after St. Nicholas's Day. There was a fete in the parish and the innkeeper, Vasili Andreevich Brekhunov, a Second Guild merchant, being a church elder had to go to church, and had also to entertain his relatives and friends at home.

5* War and Peace
5* Anna Karenina
3* Where Love Is, There God Is Also
4* The Kreutzer Sonata
4* Katia
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3* A Letter to a Hindu
3* The Death of Ivan Il
Andrea Ika
Apr 26, 2013 Andrea Ika rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Sep 21, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Once again, Tolstoy proves he can write excellently about death in "Master and Man". The angle taken to approach the topic is a little different than how it is handled in "The Death of Ivan Ilych"; in this case, a brash, unwise decision by a driven person leads to an untimely death and a near-fatal incident for another drawn into the event. The message that I take from a story like this is that we all think we're invincible because we've never experienced death before and it seems so far away, ...more
Jun 26, 2015 Gisoo rated it liked it
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.
Jul 29, 2015 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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,'"
Sep 16, 2016 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: russian
A novella by one of the all time greats. How Tolstoy can do so much in a short novella is beyond me.
Shahin Ghaeminejad
هگل هم کتابچه ای با همین نام دارد که در آن به شیوه ی خود از رضایت بیشتر بنده از زندگی نسبت به اربابش و خشنودی واقعی این بنده صحبت می کند و او را پیروز واقعی کارزار می داند.
تولستوی هم به همین تقابل می پردازد اما در کمال تعجب، شرایطی که تولستوی به توصیفش می پردازد بسیار پیچیده تر از آن است که هگل می بیند... یا حداقل دوست دارد که پیچیده تر بنظر برسد!

این کتاب «زمستانی» را در ظهر تابستانی خواندن هم سعادتی بود.

از کتاب:
...وقتی بیدارش کردند یقین داشت که مرده است...
أنيس بخوش
حينما اشتريت الكتاب ظننته رواية طويلة بعنوان السيد والخادم
تبين بعد أن بدات بقراءته ان السيد والخادم ماهي إلا قصة من بين مجموعة من القصص التي جاء حواها الكتاب
على كل لم اكمل قراءة الكتاب وصلت إلى حوالي الصفحة 150
الكتاب كما أسلفت عبارة عن قصص يحاول من خلالها الكاتب الوصول إلى عبر ودروس معينة وجدت العبرة التي ناشدها على الاقل فيما قرأت كلاسيكية ومستهلكة زيادة على الطابع القصصي الممل
ينصح به ككتاب لما قبل النوم
Özgür Şahin
Dec 15, 2015 Özgür Şahin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Efendi ile Uşak" isimli uzun hikayesi ile "İki İhtiyar" ve "Mum" isimli iki kısa hikayesini içeren bu kitap, Tolstoy'un dünya görüşünün özeti mahiyetinde. Mutluluğun ve huzurun mütevazı ve inançlı bir yaşam biçimiyle yakalanabileceği fikri hikayelerdeki hakim düşünce. Aile birliğinin kıymetinin de altı çizilmiş. Ayrıca, 19. yüzyıl Rus köy hayatına dair güzel gözlemler de bulunabilir eserde.
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 :(
Lavender Libya
May 08, 2015 Lavender Libya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب ااكثر من رائع وقصص قيمة ومفيدة ومليئة بالعبر كعادة ليو تولستوي
Tory Anderson
Sep 13, 2015 Tory Anderson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, classics
I have a weakness for Tolstoy and the realism he uses to write his novels. I added “and the realism” but I’m pretty sure if Tolstoy wasn’t involved the realism wouldn’t be nearly as attractive. I’ve read books by lesser authors who took great pains to give minute details, but in many of those books the details are dead-weight. The authors seem to be using the details to say “Look what I am doing. Aren’t I grand.”

In Tolstoy’s books the details thrill me. They breathe life into his worlds which th
Mar 16, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
4.5 Stars

"Master and Man" is a masterpiece of Tolstoy, which makes you shows that wealth and power are not important to have a fulfilled life. It was also the first book that made me shiver while reading it. :D

Tolstoy shows how simple it is to make people think about social values and norm. You only need two men who could hardly be more different than they are and a dead end situation.

On the one hand we have Nikita, the former alcoholic who lost everything he have due to gambling but changed his
Nov 25, 2010 Vaughn rated it it was amazing
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
May 26, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
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
Anne Zappa
Jan 10, 2014 Anne Zappa rated it really liked it
I have a soft corner for Tolstoy because 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
Jan 24, 2014 Jochen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Dec 21, 2011 Ross rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, yo-russians
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.
Nov 03, 2011 Saoirse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

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Yousef Nabil
Oct 29, 2015 Yousef Nabil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قصة السيد والخادم قصة مذهلة في بساطتها وعمق الوصف والتجربة..تجربة صوفية حقيقية يصفها تالستوي ببراعة. اما القصص الأخرى فهي مباشرة مثل قصص تالتسوي في المرحلة الأخيرة..قد تكون مناسبة جدا لأنواع معينة من الناس..لا أعارض هذا النوع التعليمي من الأدب ولكن أعارض أن يكون هو النوع الوحيد.
May 10, 2016 Winered200 rated it it was amazing
You never know how it's going to end with Tolstoy. That's his charm and appeal.
This one really made me want to snuggle up to a fire and drink hothot tea in a cabin. Love winter, although not dying in it. For obvious reasons.
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
Deirdre Clare
Sep 30, 2008 Deirdre Clare rated it it was amazing
Beautiful observed and told, poignant, classic Tolstoy short story. Wish it could have gone on a lot longer.
Aug 18, 2016 Niels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book. I forgot why I used to love Tolstoy. There's more to him than masterful storytelling.
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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.” 3 likes
“In the depths of his heart Vasili Andreevich knew that it could not yet be near morning, but he was growing more and more afraid, and wished both to get to know and yet to deceive himself.” 2 likes
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