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On the Edge of the World

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Based on a true story of an early Russian missionary bishop's trip to Eastern Siberia. During his journey he learns through example and suffering that in indigenous peoples of all cultures there is dignity that must be recognized and built upon as a foundation for Christian conversion. Includes appendix, 7 line drawings.
Paperback, 135 pages
Published September 12th 2001 by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press (first published 1875)
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О подвиге православных миссионеров сложена повесть “На краю света”. Требовалось просвещать дикие народы, забывающие себя в глухих и далёких местах. Потянулись туда мужи, тяжестей не испугавшиеся. Одним из таких был архиепископ Нил, составивший в 1874 году “Путевые записки”. Знал о них и Николай Лесков, что решил отразить в рассказе “Темняк”, представив тяжести проповедования в условиях севера. Немного погодя рассказ принял вид повести, дополнив яркие картины рассуждениями о текущем положении дух ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great story about the difference between saying you love Christ and Showing you love Christ no matter the circumstances.
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was on the list of recommended reads this past spring in one of my English classes, and because it was pretty difficult to procure in a timely manner by way of interlibrary loan, I didn't get the chance to finally read it until today. Thank goodness for extended loan dates.

On the Edge of the World was fairly easy to read through, expressing ideas which are direct enough yet deeply profound; the translator did an excellent job of preserving the story in the spirit Leskov intended it,
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Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a favorite book of mine. I've read it 4 times. The story is great. It is the enlightenment of a bishop into the true faith. The bishop is Orthodox and thus a 'true believer.' But he learns from experience what it means to be Christian and the difference between those who are cultural & instiutionally Christians and those who follow Christ whether or not they claim membership in the Church.

Many follow Christ - in all diverse manners - but not all are disciples. Think about any Gospel
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Nikolaj S. Leskow
Nikolai Leskov
Nikolai Lesskow
Nikolaj Semënovič Leskov
Николай Лесков
Nikolaĭ Semenovich Leskov
Nikolai Ljeskow
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Николай Лесков
Nikolaĭ Semenovich Leskov
Nikolai Ljeskow
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Микола Лєсков
Николай Лесков

Nikolai Semyonovich Leskov (Russian: Николай Семёнович Лесков; 16 February 1831 — 5 March 1895) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, playwright, and journalist who also wrote under the pseudonym M. Stebnitsky. Praised for his unique writing style and innovative experiments in form, and held in high esteem by Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov and Maxim Gorky among others, Leskov is credited with creating a comprehensive picture of contemporary Russian society using mostly short literary forms. His major works include Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (1865) (which was later made into an opera by Shostakovich), The Cathedral Clergy (1872), The Enchanted Wanderer (1873), and "The Tale of Cross-eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea" (1881).

Leskov was born at his parent's estate in Oryol Gubernia in 1831. He received his formal education at the Oryol Lyceum. In 1847 Leskov joined the Oryol criminal court office, later transferring to Kiev where he worked as a clerk, attended university lectures, mixed with local people, and took part in various student circles. In 1857 Leskov quit his job as a clerk and went to work for the private trading company Scott & Wilkins owned by Alexander Scott, his aunt's English husband. He spent several years traveling throughout Russia on company business. It was in these early years that Leskov learned local dialects and became keenly interested in the customs and ways of the different ethnic and regional groups of Russian peoples. His experiences during these travels provided him with material and inspiration for his future as a writer of fiction.

Leskov's literary career began in the early 1860s with the publication of his short story "The Extinguished Flame" (1862), and his novellas Musk-Ox (May 1863) and The Life of a Peasant Woman (September, 1863). His first novel No Way Out was published under the pseudonym M. Stebnitsky in 1864. From the mid 1860s to the mid 1880s Leskov published a wide range of works, including journalism, sketches, short stories, and novels. Leskov's major works, many of which continue to be published in modern versions, were written during this time. A number of his later works were banned because of their satirical treatment of the Russian Orthodox Church and its functionaries. In his last years Leskov suffered from angina pectoris and asthma. He died on 5 March 1895. He was interred in the Volkovo Cemetery in Saint Petersburg, in the section reserved for literary figures. ...more