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The Power of Darkness

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Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828-1910) commonly referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer - novelist, essayist, dramatist and philosopher - as well as pacifist Christian anarchist and educational reformer. He was the most influential member of the aristocratic Tolstoy family. His first publications were three autobiographical novels, Childhood, Boyhoo ...more
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Laura Wetsel
Mar 27, 2009 Laura Wetsel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's so powerful that the horror of it made me physically ill.
Nov 03, 2014 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most unsettling aspect of this play was that Tolstoy was influenced by a real incident. In 1880, a muzhik publicly confessed, during his daughter's wedding, that he had a baby with her, but killed it as soon as it came into the world. In 1885, as reported by the author himself in his diary, he begins composing The Power of Darkness.
The story itself was the most disturbing thing I've encountered this year. The characters were selfish, relentless, that sacrificed everything in the name of oppo
Alfajri Putra
Before i was knew this novel for a whole, I-literally- doesnt even interesting about this novel. My first introduction to this novel is when this novel was played in my drama class. We were adopt its story. The story is quite interesting, where as Tolstoy's stories before, very strong conflicts within the family, highlighting the life of Russian society at the time.
Sep 29, 2013 TarasProkopyuk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Этой проникновенной пьесой Лев Николаевич Толстой очередной раз попытался показать, что спасение грешного человека лежит только через путь искреннего раскаяния. Уже не так важно как он далеко зашёл в своих поступках, а важнее то, что спасение души и её покой можно достичь только путём всё того же раскаяния.
Ana Maria Rînceanu
"The Power of Darkness" was the first play Tolstoy ever wrote and in my opinion, the darkest. It deals with greed, lust, murder and redemption in a Russian village. Like a lot of his work this feels more like a warning to society than entertainment.
Raquel Curvacheiro
o meu primeiro Tolstoy... tinha 13 aninhos...
Was not expecting something that happens in it.
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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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