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Father Sergius

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Leo Tolstoy was a Russian novelist, essayist, dramatist and philosopher. Tolstoy was a member of the aristocratic Tolstoy family. He was known as an educational reformer, pacifist and Christian anarchist. His masterpiece War and Peace made him one of the worlds greatest novelists. His ability to depict life in 19th century Russia made him a leader in realist fiction. Tolst ...more
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Father Sergius was the book that I read during my teens and it had left strong impression on me at that time. All these years I have tried to remember the name of the book where a monk found himself in inner turmoil instead of inner peace and his struggle against lust and vanity. I forgot the name and I even forgot it was written by Tolstoy. How excited I was when I finally found it again after so many years. Reading it again after long time I loved the story all the same. When it comes to portr ...more
Carma Chemezova
I liked this short story becaue it touched on some issues that I have been contemplating in my own life. Father Sergius becomes a monk and ultimately ends up as a hermit. I have often questioned the validity of someone's moral strength and purity if they simply hide themselves away- easy enough to avoid temptation when you aren't around it. There were many different themes and ideas in this story and I don't feel I fully comprehend them all yet. However, the one that really stood out for me is t ...more
Marts  (Thinker)
After an introduction to Prince Stepan Kasatsky, we are told of his misfortunes; his fiancee's affair, his becoming a monk then a hermit, his temptations, and ever disquiet mind...
Wow. Tolstoy rocks my world. This is a fascinating tale about a man, Stepan Kasatsky, who through much effort rises to excellence and notoriety in the eyes of the court in Russia, only to leave it all behind to become a monk. Yet even as a monk, he struggles with pride in man's opinion of him. His ultimate sin is pride, and through his pride lust sneaks in. However, his fall leads to total humiliation and finally his redemption.
Connor Smith
There are a few things I've found to be immutable about life. In reading this book, I've added "people always have flaws." And, even if a person worked and suceeded in removing all their flaws, to other people their flaw would be that they have no flaws. There's really no way to win; perhaps we should all just quit trying to better ourselves and accept ourselves.
"Να, λοιπόν, τι σήμαινε το όνειρό μου. Η Πάσα είναι ακριβώς εκείνο που έπρεπε να είναι εγώ και δεν ήμουν. Εγώ ζούσα για τους ανθρώπους, προφασιζόμενος πως ζω για το Θεό. Αυτή ζει για το Θεό, νομίζοντας πως ζει για τους ανθρώπους."

Ένας ωραιότατος πρίγκιπας, ίλαρχος, με λαμπρό μέλλον δίπλα στον Τσάρο, πρώτος σε όλα, με ό,τι κι αν καταπιάστηκε, ο Κασάτσκη, ένα μήνα πριν από τον επίσης λαμπερό γάμο του με μια όμορφη και αριστοκρατική κοπέλα με την οποία ήταν ερωτευμένος, τα παράτησε όλα, όταν αυτή τ
This book should definitely be adapted into movies for the modern viewers, and I fancy there can be at least two different versions, depending on the targeted audience.

The R-rated version: The hero is a handsome, passionate prince with an uncontrollable temper, who attracts women everywhere and gets into fights (verbal and physical) with men. There would be plenty of scenes of sexual tension, seduction and violence (with blood spills and severed body parts). The main appeal, however, should stil
May 24, 2013 Anwesha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anwesha by: Neena
This story is no exception to the Tolstoyan philosophy. The great interpreter of life has illuminated yet another corner of human mind. The conflict in the heart of the story is not something unworldly or exceptional rather it is perhaps a day to day collision of mind and conscience for every other person. Stepan Kasatsky is the name of just another regular human being. Blessed with beauty and chivalry, he got life in his favor but he did not accept all her gifts, but the act was of anything but ...more
Father Sergius is a book about a man who becomes a monk to seek god, only to struggle more and more to find him. He struggles against demons of lust and disbelief to attain salvation.

Despite being a mere 40 odd pages long, the book is written very well. Father Sergius's temporary periods of disbelief in a higher power, his encounter with a temptress, his ascension into a miracle worker, his realization that his ascension for which he is praised is the very reason for his recession from god, his
خوب بود.سرشار از عرفان و اخلاق. تولستویی.باپایان بندی های همیشگی تولستوی و بسیاری روس های همدوره اش،بهر روی کمی هم غیرقابل پیشبینی بودن داشت که به نظر همین چاشنی غافلگیری که از صفحه چهل و پنج به بعد نمودارشد،در جذابیت اش که شاید نیم ستاره اضافه می کمد،تاثیر داشت.ولی چون نیم نداریم همان دو ستاره.
Lisa Hayden Espenschade
I think Father Sergius is the best of the three Tolstoy novellas about sex and religion that I recently (re)read in rapid succession. (The other two are The Kreutzer Sonata and The Devil.) Though the three novellas contain very similar themes -- variations on men fighting the devilish temptations of women and sex -- they differ greatly in style.

Father Sergius is more subtle than the other two works and contains more passages that feel very Tolstoyan: small actions or bits of conversation that s
Очередной раз убеждаюсь как же мало знаком мне Лев Толстой после прочтения казалось бы основных его произведений. Сколько же новых мыслей, убеждений и идеалов он спрятал в других своих работах?

В очередной раз убеждаешься как же поверхностно человек знает себя. В этой работе в образе главного героя можно познакомиться с мнением великого автора об одном из способов стать "на путь высокого идеала". Нет, Толстой не призывает к каким либо резким и радикальным изменениям для человека и человечества уж
Father Sergius by Leo Tolstoy
All is vanity?

Leo Tolstoy used to represent the peak, the nec plus ultra of Literature for this reader.
Until I have read the Intellectuals by Paul Johnson, an excellent book which destroys a number of myths.
Leo Tolstoy, Ernest Hemingway, Henrik Ibsen and a number of other writers and Intellectuals lose a lot of their aura and come out severely diminished.
If their work is universally acclaimed, their private life was full of evil deeds and malice, to say the least.
Kennedy Ifeh
This book is subtle in language, but yet radical and shakes the foundation of dogmatic theology.

It is the story of one Stepan Kasatsky, who was once a noble military cadet. He fell in love with a girl. On the eve of their engagement, the girl confessed to have been the mistress of his beloved Tsar. He got angry. He felt oppressed and injured by authorities above him. He decided to rise higher than those high authorities by going close to God. He resigned from the military, gave away his propert
Anoop Pai B
A short summary of the life of Prince Kasatsky, who denounces his professional ambition to be a monk. This is my first read from Leo Tolstoy, and I liked his writing. But not so much this book.
I did not understand why he chose to be a monk. Was it heart break or because his ego was hurt? probably the latter. Either ways his decision to be a monk was not justified, he could have led a different life by the country side, rather than choosing to be a monk.
Natasha Castillo
Novela corta de una lectura agradable a primera vista, muestra un personaje que busca en la vida monástica la respuesta al sentido de su vida, un reflejo de una religiosidad en la que parece que el hombre sólo alcanza la salvación cuando aplasta sus pasiones. Fue algo profundo con sus reflexiones, pero aun así falto algo, no sé, quedé medio aturdida al concluirlo, ofrece un final con una especie de moraleja con ese toque de ironía, y un pequeño sentido del humor que dio algo de 'toque'. No fue p ...more
It was adaptaded for cinema by Taviani Brothers in 1990, under the name of "Il Sole Anche di Notti" or "Night Sun", the english Title, With Julian Sands beatifully in the role of Father Sergius. A wonderful, incredibly work where silence speaks so much than everything else...
I Highly recommend both!
-ბებია, ვიღაც საშინელი ბებერი კაცი გეძებს.
ლუკერიამ გაიხედა.
-ესეც ვიღაც ყარიბია, ქალბატონო.
პრასკოვია მიხაილოვნამ გამხდარი იდაყვები გაიწმინდა, ხელები წინსაფარზე შეიმშრალა და ოთახში შესვლა დააპირა საფულისათვის, რათა ხუთკაპიკიანი ეჩუქებინა, მაგრამ გაახსენდა, რომ ვერცხლის ფულის გარდა ხურდა არა ჰქონდა და გადაწყვიტა პური მიეცა, კარადასთან მივიდა, მაგრამ უცებ შერცხვა, გაახსენდა, რომ დაენანა და უბრძანა ლუკერიას, პური მოეტეხა, თვითონ კი ოთახში შებრუნდა, რათა ვერცხლის ფულიც დაემატებინა. "ესეც შენი სასჯელი
I simply could not stop giggling throughout this book. It read like a sex comedy about a frazzled monk pursued by a string of devilish women determined to wrest his precious flower from him.

I actually think that this readig is not entirely off the mark. Seduction, lust, and (ceremonial) touching are recurring motifs, and I believe they are deployed to illustrate the traps of asceticism. Love finally neutralizes desire, not restraint, or this I took LT to be suggesting.

Anyway, I will definitely
Loved this short story. Everyone should read it.
Zohreh Hanifeh
مدت ها پیش از آن که بخوانم عزیزی خواندن این کتاب را توصیه کرده بود.
من هم از روی تنبلی هِی پشت گوش انداخته بودم...
این یادداشت هم مال دو سال و نیم پیش است که کتاب را خوانده بودم... شاید الان اگر بخوانم دید متفاوت دیگری داشته باشم...

داستان زیبایی بود... مثل همه ی نوشته های تولستوی. خیلی مرا به فکر فرو برد. احساس می کنم در سطح خیلی پایین تری به پدر سرگی شباهت زیادی دارم. گاهی فکر می کنم من هم مثل او «زندگی درونی ام در حال نابودی، و به جای آن، زندگی بیرونی ام در حال رشد است»؛ و «این پرسش، که از آن

Father Sergius is one of Tolstoy's best short stories
It relates the story of a young and ambitious prince who has had a Brilliant military career before him .. he fell in love with a young and charming countess whom he had adored and whom he had imagined such a saint ..
Then it came to pass that he has discovered that she was the mistress of his beloved Tsar .. he got angry and flew into rage .. then after a short period of deliberation in his country estate he decided to become a monk and ente
Ahmad Sharabiani
آثار ترجمه شده از: تولستوی
1. جنگ و صلح - ترجمه: کاظم انصاری، تجدید چاب با ترجمه: سروش حبیبی
2. آناکارِنینا - ترجمه محمدعلی شیرازی، تجدید چاپ با ترجمه های: جواد امیرانی، منوچهر بیگدلی خمسه، سروش حبیبی، و فازار سیمونیان
3. رستاخیز - ترجمه: محمدعلی شیرازی
4. کودکی، نوجوانی، جوانی - ترجمه: غلامحسین اعرابی
5. داستان هائی برای بچه ها - ترجمه: آرش محرمی
6. اعتراف و سرشماری در مسکو - ترجمه: اسکندر ذبیحیان، و تجدید چاپ با عنوان «اعترافات» با ترجمه: هوشنگ فتح اعظم
7. تمشک - ترجمه: علی آذرنگ
8. کوپن تقلبی
Although I do not agree with the thoughts Lev Tolstoy has put into this novel, he is very good at scrupulously describing the inner turmoil of a human being and his writing is never boring. I don't agree that a person should devote oneself to God that violently, disregarding everything and everyone. Moreover, I even think that that meek acceptance of those twenty copecks and giving them away to some beggar -- this is the most arrogant and egotistic thing to do. And in my opinion, the idea the ma ...more
An absolutely incredible short story about religion and asceticism as a means toward holiness. Poor old Father Sergius lives a devout life but never sees true religion until the end, in the face of service and love. I don't agree with Tolstoy's philosophy and view of religion (and view of God) but what he gets right gave me great joy as he painted with beautiful, ponderous strokes topics very practical to men of all times.
Padre Sergio es una de las mejores novelas cortas que lei en mi adolescencia, me habian dicho que tolstoy era tedioso, pero esto no se nota para nada en la parabola de un hombre frustrado por la falsedad de las relaciones humanas en esa sociedad rusa de clase alta en los albores del siglo XX, y que opta por dejar un futuro promisorio para hacerse un anacoreta de tiempo completo, lo cual no significa que esto sea facil. La tentación a travez del deseo carnal y la mujer como conducto del pecado es ...more
Tolstoy amazes always amazes me,from Anna to Father Sergius.Sometimes it is difficult to imagine that the same person has written these books.I loved Anna and somehow the writer makes you like Father Serigus too.
Isai T.
"Ella es precisamente lo que yo tenía que ser y no fui. Yo vivía para los hombres con el pretexto de vivir para Dios. Ella vive para Dios imaginándose que vive para los hombres."
Matt Friedman
One of the most remarkable parables of the dangers of spiritual pride ever written. Should be required reading for anyone considering or preparing for ministry.
Best written Tolstoy style. Fairly good and quick read for an audio-book.

Prince Stepan Kasatsky experiences a disappointment with his fiance and decides to become a monk! There is a story line, but beneath it, Father Sergius struggles to find peace and, if not happiness, then at least contentment. But he is always disillusioned and ultimately unsatisfied. Only in the end does he find his way by letting go of what he struggled to attain all his life, i.e. to be better than everyone else in whatev
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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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“He wanted and needed their love, but felt none towards them. He now had neither love nor humility nor purity” 4 likes
“But it was not only by this feeling, as Varvara thought, that he was guided. Mingling with his pride, with his need always to be first, was another motive, at which Varvara did not guess - a truly religious urge. His disillusionment in Mary (his betrothed), whom he had imagined such a saint, his feeling of outrage was so cruel that he sank into despair; and despair led him - whither? To God, to the faith of his childhood, which had never lost its hold upon him.” 2 likes
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