Leo Tolstoy's 20 Greatest Short Stories Annotated
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"Anna Karenina" and "War and Peace" branded Tolstoy as one of the greatest writers in modern history. Few, however, have read his wonderful short stories.

Now, in one collection, are the 20 greatest short stories of Leo Tolstoy, which give a snapshot of Russia and its people in the late nineteenth century. A fine introduction is given by Andrew Barger. Annotations are inclu...more
Paperback, First, 392 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Bottletree Books LLC (first published 2009)
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Michael Beas
An excellent collection of stories that will capture your mind, heart and soul!

In short, “Leo Tolstoy’s 20 Greatest Shorts Stories Annotated” is just what the title states: It is an astounding well-written collection of short stories told from the master himself, Russian Author Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy. Most are familiar with his novels "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina" I never knew he had a collection of short stories. All of these stories are classics that have and will forever last the test...more
Repackaging the classics--it's a time-honored tradition of the publishing world. With every new edition, an inevitable, obligatory question arises: can it rival, or even supplant, the current go-to volume (which, in this case, just so happens to be Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy, the standard work for both students of Russian literature and bargain hunters alike)? As for Leo Tolstoy's 20 Greatest Short Stories, the short answer is that it most assuredly does not. Barger's annotations are rarel...more
Egidio Concas
The stories are great to read, I enjoyed them. I got the collection at a time through this collection and I appreciate that. The stories are short but released with some great messages. Every time I read the stories, I feel different. The history can talk, I believe in it. The Tolstoy biography added with some related photos are amazing. All the short stories are arranged nicely by Leo & Andrew, and I will definitely thankful to them for their effort. I'm happy to get all of them in one pack...more
I have to admit that I prefer Tolstoy's novels to short stories. This collection, however, would be of interest to any Russian literature scholars as it contains a wealth of biographical information about Tolstoy and his family. There are copious footnotes, helpful in translating those pesky Russian words (perhaps too copious - I'm thinking most readers don't need words like "puce" defined for them).
Blanca Madrigal
At first I didn't see myself finishing the book, some of the stories were hard to follow. BUT then, there were the good ones that kept me interested. Overall I'd recommend the book as it offers a view into the lower class folks of the past in Russia...even the God references are done without a preachy tone and most stories had a moral that could apply to all.
Sep 28, 2009 Christine rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Christine by: Goodreads First Reads
I was able to win this book from Goodreads First Reads contest, which was fantastic. It was a new edition, signed by the author. Unfortunately, the book had some problems structurally that did not allow full enjoyment.

I am unfamiliar with Tolstoy's short stories so can not speak to this being the "greatest" of them. They were definitely varied in theme and setting, but class and religion were common themes and some reminded me of Catholic parables and fables that I had read as a child.

There was...more
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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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