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Published May 17th 2012 (first published 1911)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Forged Coupon, Leo Tolstoy
FEDOR MIHAILOVICH SMOKOVNIKOV, the president of the local Income Tax Department, a man of unswerving honesty--and proud of it, too--a gloomy Liberal, a free-thinker, and an enemy to every manifestation of religious feeling, which he thought a relic of superstition, came home
from his office feeling very much annoyed. The Governor of the province had sent him an extraordinarily stupid minute, almost assuming that his dealings had been dishonest.
Fedor Mihailovich felt
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Whispering Stories
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We all know that at some stage in our lives we should read War and Peace and Anna Karenina but do we all have the time and commitment to cope with the 1272 and 964 pages that they respectively fill? The Forged Coupon gives us an opportunity to pick up Tolstoy’s attention to detail and his Christian beliefs in a brief novella.

At just seventy nine pages the book can easily be read in two sessions although I am sure that most readers will take adva
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Jason Koivu
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crime
Tolstoy's take on the butterfly effect. Needing a little scratch to pay off an insignificant debt to a friend, a boy hoodwinks a shopkeeper with a faked line of credit. This is then passed off from one person to another, snowballing in significance and causing much residual havoc. The Forged Coupon is an examination of the lower classes, ala Dostoyevsky. In fact, towards the end, this short story becomes almost Dostoyevsky-esque. I really wanted it to continue on another hundred pages or more!
B. P. Rinehart
My last review of the year, just in time for Christmas! I had to make it Tolstoy. I read this novella chiefly because it (part 1 to be exact) is the basis for the movie L'Argent that I planned to watch, it is also a Tolstoyian moral tale, which always goes well with Christmas/Easter. Also this story I listened to on a Somalian prisoner who managed to read Anna Karenina by Morse code: https://www.npr.org/templates/transcr... Really beautiful.

Two students forge a bank note and that begins a hellis
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Bettie☯
Wiki description: The story is divided into two parts. In Part I, schoolboy Mitya is in desperate need of money to repay a debt, but his father angrily denies him assistance. Dejected, under the instigation of a friend Makhin, Mitya simply changes a 2.50 rouble bond coupon to read 12.50 roubles, but this one evil deed sets off a chain of events that affects the lives of dozens of others, when his one falsehood indirectly causes a man to murder a woman at the end of Part I, and then seek redempti ...more
Viv JM
Of all the Tolstoy short stories/novellas in the collection I have read, this is one of my favourites. It begins when a hard up student uses a forged coupon to pay for goods in a shop. This begins a cascade of deceptions and wrongdoings, affecting more and more people, and leading to ever more heinous deeds - culminating in a murder. In the second part of the story, the murderer from part 1 seeks (and finds) redemption through religion and this too has a cascading effect leading to more good dee ...more
Sara Shaheen
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"تربيتُ عَلى أنَ السمواتِ تُفتَح وقتَ المطر، فَصليتُ وكان اللهُ يستجيب، كَبِرتُ وقرأت، فعرِفتُ أن المطرَ ما هو إلا سحابٍ مُتَكثِف، وأنَ السَمَوات لا تُفتَح، مُجرد طَبقة لا تصِل حَتى للفضاءِ الخارجي، فأصبحَت صلاتي هزيلة ومهتزة، وأصبَحَت الإستجابةَ ضعيفةٍ لأن الصلاةَ فَقدت الإيمان، يَومِها فَقَط أدركتُ أن قليل من السذاجةِ يَصلُح أحياناً."

قرأتها منذ عدة أيام لا أعلم قائلها ولكن فحواها علق في ذهني كثيرًا
نحن نحيا يا عزيزي بإيماننا متى فقدناه فقدنا كل شيء .
رواية تبعث في نفسك الإيمان والاطمئنان لأقدارن
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Amene
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, روس-ها
به نظرم تولستوی یا تالستوی خیلی پیش از اینکه ان ال پی و نمدونم جرب و راز و این مزخرفات روی کار بیان به قوانین کارما و عمل و عکس العمل نظر داشته و هرچند گاهی به تمسخر گرفته است.نگاه صد و نقیض تولستوی به دین و دینداری رو واقعا دوست دارم یک جورهایی خودمم همین درگیری ها رو دارم.
حقش سه نیم ستاره با اغماض چهار 🤔😉
Gisoo
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
یک سوم اول داستان من رو به یاد یکی از داستان های هزار و یک شب انداخت ولی بعد از اون به صورت کلید اسرار دراومد و فقط از مسیحیت گفت.
Amany Ayman
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5

خليني أبدا إن الورق و الغلاف جودتهم ممتازة و كل شوية أخربش الورق و اشمه .. حقيقي الهيئة طلع منها ورق جميل . و كان مع ااكتاب بوك مارك خاصة بيه .. أنا اتدلعت أخيرا من الهيئة 🖤😆

المهم ..
نبدأ بالترجمة الممتازة فعلا .. كانت جميلة مظبوطة و ربنا أعان المترجم على كل الشخصيات دي . أستاذ يوسف تحياتي و تحياتي لأستاذ أنور المراجع.

طيب هو الرواية باختصار بتهاجم الكنسية في الوقت دا و تجار الدين عامة الى بيقصدوا يعملوا حاجز بين ربنا و الناس و يحرفوا و يزودوا في الدين براحتهم، و ناقشت أثر العنف ضد الأبناء أو
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Masood
داستان پسری که از پدرش پول تو جیبی بیشتری میخواهد تا قرضش را بدهد ولی پدر عصبانی می شود و به فحش می کشد و پول نمی دهد. پسر همراه با یکی از دوستان یک کوپن را جعل می کند و کارش راه می افتد. گیرنده کوپن که می فهمد جعلی است آن را به کس دیگری قالب می کند و همینطور گلوله برفی پیش می رود بزرگتر می شود تا این که در جایی ورق بر می گردد و... دل ها متحول می گردند
Ahmed Sallam
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

" أَثر الفراشة لا يُرَى
أَثر الفراشة لا يزولُ "
AbdEl-Rahman
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
غالبا الترجمه قد تسمو بالعمل الي سابع سما وقد تهبط به الي الأرض ،ولكن عندما يتقابل تولستوي بمترجم كبير فمن البديهي أن تخرج الرواية بأبرع صوره لها.
آخر أعمال أديب روسيا الأعظم التي بمثابة وصية له ولأسرته بسبب الخلاف ،حيث كان يريد أن يقوم بتوزيع ثروته علي الفلاحين ،وفي النهاية هرب تولستوي من (هذه الحياة المزيفة) كما قال ومات فقيرا في إحدى المحطات.
هذه الرواية المتشابكة تبدأ بتزوير مستند عن طريق ابن لوالد متسلط ثم بحنث قسم أمام المحكمة لعمليات سرقة لاغتيال ثم القتل.
يصف تولستوي مجتمعه في ذلك الوقت
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Dinanadi osman
هي آخر أعمال تولستوي اﻷدبية والتي لم تنشر إلا بعد وفاته..
من المعروف عن تولستوي كثرة الشخصيات التي تتضمنها الرواية وكأنه يأخذ وقت بعينه من مكان معين- كقرية صغيرة مثلا- ويتحدث عن كل تفاصيل تتعلق بها وبسكانها من اﻷغنياء والفقراء والفلاحين وحراس العقيدة والكبار والصغار وملاك اﻷرض وأصحاب المحلات والمحترفين والبائعين حتي القيصر؛ وكأنه يمر مرور الكرام السريع ويتحدث يإيجاز يسرد فيه حياة الشخصية من البداية للنهاية.
تشعر أنك تائة في البداية من تشعب الشخصيات التي يتنقل بينها ويكشف خباياها حتي أنك تظن أن كل
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Fady Khattab
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
،أول مرة أقرأ لتوستوي ولن تكون الأخيرة وسأكون بصدد قراءة معظم روايته وكتبه
الغلطة بالرغم من تفاهتها لكنها تفاقمت وصنعت العديد من المصائب التي غيرت في مصائر العديد من الأبرياء
مجرد رقم أضيف إلي سند أصبح مزيفاً
وصار كالنار في الهشيم يأكل كلمن يصله هذا السند
The Cute Little Brown-haired girl
This book is one of my all time favorites! It's short, sweet, and to the point. A great and twisted plot and a real lesson on materialism, the love of money and how greedy we really are underneith...but how virture, honesty, and the love of our fellow man always and forever will outweigh these shortcomings. This is a great short read for those who love Russian literature.
Marwa
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cascade ..نظرية قطع الدومينو المتساقطة تباعا...تبدأ بخطيئة القسوة ثم التزوير للسند ثم تتبع لرحلة السند بين الايدي وتتابع الآثام والخطايا في ايجاز واختزال لا يخل بتمكن تولستوي من الامساك بزمام شخصيات الرواية الكثيرين والتمكن من التعريف بهم
Shabana Mukhtar
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yours, according to whether you send the money or not, with scorn, or love, Grouchetsky.

Let me relish it for a while. Detailed Review to come.
Tyler Jones
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wise and naive and complex and simple.
I don't care what anybody says, I think Tolstoy can write.
James
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stories of Leo Tolstoy are linked by what the French scholar and translator Michel Aucouturier calls Tolstoy's "gift of concrete realisation", and an ever-restless breed of philosophical inquiry – a combination that could produce works of an intensity that surprises even after repeated readings.
Tolstoy's greatest short story, The Death of Ivan Ilyich revolves around the eponymous judge discovering, as he slowly, painfully expires, that his entire life has been a sham, built on bourgeois triv
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Edward O'Neill
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely little edition of one of Tolstoy's greatest short works.

Towards the end of his life, Tolstoy increasingly worked in a much smaller compass than his familiar great realist novels, in which the writer's great strengths at expansion, dilation and detail are hard at work. But in these smaller works--novellas, if you wanna be technical--you find every bit as much precision, but condensed and then arranged like a fantastic puzzle.

THE FORGED COUPON is about Christianity, make no doubt
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Jeremy
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russians, 1910s
Not because of the violence but because of the pitch and verisimilar tone of voice this is the first time I'm hearing Cormac in Tolstoy, in reverse echo. This late (last?) novella is perfect, from various aesthetic POVs (realist, modernist, romanticist, even ancient classic; if this were translated backward in time into Job-ic Hebrew or Middle Kingdom hieroglyphic, it'd fit). I'm surprised this hasn't been adapted to film.
MEGAN C
Mar 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It was pretty confusing keeping everyone in order. It was a quaint little morality tale and I certainly won't be forging any coupons (or the contemporary equivalent) anytime soon. The language is quite straightforward and basic for the most part but I think that is mostly due to the translation.
Wes
Dec 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This is a wonderful story by Tolstoy. I really enjoyed reading this book. Oddly enough, this book is relevant even now. The position of the church in Russia is coming back to what it was in Tolstoy's time.
George Basalious
على الرغم من تعمد تولستوي الواضح في أواخر حياته على البساطة الشديدة والوضوح لتوصيل رسائله الأخلاقية للجميع بشكل واضح إلا أن عبقريته الشديدة جعلت تلك البساطة بليغة جدًا.. عندما تقرأ هذه القصة تشعر كأنك تشاهد فيلمًا سينمائيًا شديد البلاغة.. أما عن الرسالة الأخلاقية في القصة فلا تحتاج إلى تعليق. فسواء كنت تتفق أو تختلف مع تولستوي فإنه من أصدق الذين كتبوا على مر التاريخ. الترجمة ممتازة وكأنك تقرأ عملاًا كُتب أصلًا بالعربية (less)
Rasha El-Ghitani
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
أخر اعمال تولستوي الأدبية ونشرت بعد وفاته وصغر حجمها لم يؤثر ابدا فيما تحمله من قيمة ادبية وفكرية
Mohamed shahin
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
هي الرحلة الأولي مع تولستوي, وهي ممتعة ومدهشة كثيرا, الرواية كالعقد التي تنفرط حلقاته فبمجرد أن تبدأ في الصفحة الأول تجد الأحداث تتابع في حبكة رائع, ثم أنظر كيف يُرمي إلي تأثير ذاك التزوير والتلاعب الطفيف في حياة العشرات للأسوأ, وانظر أيضا كيف غيرت تلك السيدة المؤمنة حق الإيمان في حياة العشرات أيضا بعمل طفيف, أخيرا أحببت ذلك العمل كثيرا.
Therese May
This short story (though it wasn't very short) was incredible.

It reminded me a lot of the movie "It's a Wonderful Life". In the movie we see a good man's life and then we see how the place he lived and the people he knew would have been if he hadn't been alive.

In this story, we follow the results of two boys falsehood: the forging of a coupon. It's amazing and inspiring to see how one bad act could change so many people's lives for the worst, but other good actions could reverse the damage don
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Jake
Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's Tolstoy so of course it's good. The first half is like a reverse "pay it forward" kind of thing where small bad acts snowball into large ones. For example, a dad yells at his son who gets pissed and rips off a shopkeeper's wife whose hubby berates her for it and on and on until throats are slit and blood flows in the Russian streets. The mood picks up in the second half which is about redemption. It's a pretty good introduction to Tolstoyian Christianity which is one of the better varieties ...more
AJ Conroy
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first question is does anyone have a diagram showing the relationships between the characters? My second question is why isn't this part of the common high school curriculum? It's short and easy to consume and analyze.
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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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