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While "The Kreutzer Sonata" caused a public sensation, Tolstoy's wife, Sonya, was hurt and furious that he should have enriched his scathing indictment of marriage with private details from theri own life together. Tolstoy, during two years of obsessive unhappiness, had become convinced that the idea of a "Christian marriage" was an impossibility. Here he lets loose all hi ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 7th 1986 by Penguin Classics (first published 1889)
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یکی از بهترین و دل انگیزترین خوانش های من در چندین و چند سال گذشته به قلم زیبا و پر از معنای لئو تولستوی.....برای من که عاشق ادبیات روس و نوابغی چون داستایوسکی و چخوف هستم این انتخاب به نظر پیش بینی شده می آمد....شک نداشتم که تولستوی هم شاهکاری چون دیگران خواهد بود و من از خواندنم لذت خواهم برد اما به هیچ عنوان انتظار میخکوب شدن خودم را در هرخط و جمله این نوشتار بی مثال نداشتم....کتاب را نخواندم که با چشمانم به اعماق وجودم فروبردمش و به احترام این بزرگ مرد فلسفه و ادبیات از جایم برخاستم.....

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Ahmad Sharabiani
cobpaltиЕ сочинЕ нии, Leo Tolstoy
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: پانزدهم ماه می سال 2009 م
عنوان: سونات کرویتسر و چند داستان دیگر؛ نویسنده: تولستوی؛ مترجم: سروش حبیبی؛ تهران، نشر چشمه، 1388؛ در 604 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1389؛ شابک: 9789643625900؛ چاپ چهارم 1394؛ موضوع: داستانهای کوتاه از نویسندگان روسیه - سده 19 م
این کتاب ترجمه ی بخشی از کتاب 14 جلدی مجموعه آثار لئو تولستوی است، شش داستان کوتاه: «سعادت زناشوئی»، «مرگ ایوان ایلیچ»، «سونات کرویتسر»، «ارباب و بنده»، «پدر سرگی»، «داستان یک کوپن جعلی» است. ا. شربیانی
Simona
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sau "câteva motive pentru a-ţi ucide nevasta, explicate de însuşi ucigaşul".
Tolstoi a fost impardonabil de sincer pentru secolul său, așa că ajunge să ofenseze cu Sonata Kreutzer nu doar critica vremii sau pe pudibonzii ultraortodocşi ruşi, dar mai presus de toate, propria-i soţie.
Pe scurt, protagonistul Pozdnîșev relatează naratorului, pe parcursul unei călătorii cu trenul, cum anume iubirea intensă pentru soția lui ajunge să se transforme într-o ură viscerală şi cum sfârșește, în cele din urmă
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Sean Wilson
Just brilliant on all accounts. From the idealistic, rural love of Family Happiness to the psychologically terrifying Kreutzer Sonata and the painful disillusionment of Father Sergius, it's just enthralling reading. Literature at its best. Typical with Tolstoy, expect beautifully written passages, philosophy and a deep understanding of human nature.
Bogdan
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trei zile în sat - 1.5/5
După bal - 1/5
Hagi-Murad - 2.5/5
De ce? - 3/5
Sonata Kreutzer - 3.5/5
Stăpân și slugă - 3.5/5
Arezu Wishka
این اولین کتابی بود که از تالستوی می خوندم. مجموعه ای از شش داستان به اسم های
سعادت زناشویی
یکی از داستان های مورد علاقه ام در مورد عشق و ازدواج که یکی از دغدغه های خودمم بود و از میزان جذابیت و دلنشینی این داستان هر چی بگم کم گفتم و تمام وجودم موقع خوندن این داستان فریاد می زد که این خود خود دغدغه ایه که همیشه توی ذهنم بوده.
5 ستاره*
مرگ ایوان ایلیچ
مرگ ایوان ایلیچ داستانی درباره مرگ و ضعف انسان هاست. اینکه چقدر راحت می میریم و چطور باهاش مواجه می شیم. حقیقت اینه که مرگ یکی از دغدغه های من نیست یا
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Holly
Mar 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
Such hatred in these disturbing stories. Although I first read this collection years ago at the request of a "friend," I can't put the book on my "re-read" shelf. I retained no memories of the stories themselves nor of the reason that person cherished them (at the time I didn't want to reflect on/contain either thing).

I had to hunt down the "Epilogue to The Kreutzer Sonata" online to confirm my assumption that the novella reflected Tolstoy's own later views on sexuality and love (yes, it does. A
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amin akbari
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
یک مجموعه داستان فوق العاده از یک رماننویس بزرگ؛ داستانهای مورد علاقه من:
1. مرگ ایوان ایلیچ
2. سونات کرویستر
3. پدر سرگی
4. ارباب و بنده
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Stephen Durrant
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tolstoy wrote both the novella "The Kreutzer Sonata" and the short story "The Devil" in 1889 during the period when his marriage was floundering. Marital happiness, he seems to say in the first of these, is illusory and sure to crash on the shoals of sexuality. A "madman" rants on page after page about the impurity of marriage, or "long-term prostitution" as he calls it. Marital life alternates, the madman says, between bouts of sexual indulgence and mutual hate. The only hope, he seems to say, ...more
Mohammad Ramezanzadeh
«سونات کرویتسر» تکگویههای ذهن یک روانپریش که با جزئیات خاصی روایت شده است! من که خیلی عصبی شدم از خوندن این حجم از مونولوگهای جنسیت زده!
«کوپن جعلی» موضوعی آشنا دارد: از هر دست بدهی از همان دست پس میگیری! روایتی طولانی و پیچیده از چندین شخصیت متفاوت که هرکدام نماینده یک قشر جامعه هستند. روایت به طرز جالبی از روابط تصادفی شخصیتها نشان میدهد که چگونه نتیجه یک عمل شر یا خیر کوچک در جامعه پخش میشود و کل جامعه را شر یا خیر میسازد.
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April
Mar 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you miss going to church on Sunday and having your preacher tell you the right way to live your life? If you do, this is the book for you. Tolstoy the moralist...at his best/worst.
It's still Tolstoy of course, so even while he's moralizing, his reflections on humans and human nature are always engaging. Still, I prefer many of his other works, where his heart struggled with greater success to overcome the preacher.
Mohsen Rajabi
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
سونات کرویتسر و چند داستان دیگر از آثار متاخر تولستوی (یا تالستوی) هست. از حجیم نویسی هایی که در آثاری همچون جنگ و صلح یا آناکارنین وجود دارد خبری نیست. راستش، ظاهرا تولستوی در اواخر عمرش آن ها را (به خصوص جنگ و صلح) را زیاده گویی می دانسته و از این در رنج بوده که چرا نمی تواند کوتاه ترشان کند. و هرچند نتوانست چیزی از آنها کم کند، ولی همه سعی اش را گذاشت تا داستان هایی که بعد از تحول درونی اش می نویسد، داستان هایی باشند هرچه کوتاه تر، و با نتیجه گیری های واضح تر... و شاید این، کار را خراب کرده ب ...more
Sierra Abrams
This was my first little bit of Tolstoy that I’ve read. I’m a HUGE fan of Dostoevsky and I knew I would love all kinds of Russian literature, so I was quite excited to get into this. Each of the three stories was better than the last:

◦How Much Land Does A Man Need
◦The Death of Ivan Illych
◦The Kreutzer Sonata (favorite!!)
All were very impressive and brought their point across nicely. The day I finished it, I eyed my copy of War and Peace for a while, wondering when I should pick it up and hoping
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Fatima Bastaki
*How Much Land Does A Man Need?
Since these stories contain a lot of religious themes, I think what Tolstoy tries to portray in this story is that greed or desires can easily consume you because the symbolism of the protagonist’s illusion of the ‘Devil’ could mean that the Devil is the one who bargains with your desires but screws you over in the end anyway. Not very unique I would say. For me, it’s one of those things where you’d criticize the character’s decisions because it could have been avo
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Sheila
This book contains the following stories by Leo Tolstoy, all which I have reviewed individually.

The Kreutzer Sonata: 3-stars

Ivan the Fool: 2-stars

A Lost Opportunity: 2-stars

Polikuchka: 2-stars

The Candle: 3-stars

All of these five stories basically are of the theme of peasants and serfs. None of them overly impressed me. I picked this book up after The Kreutzer Sonata was mentioned in Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, as being read by one of the characters in that book. So this was a diversion re
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ZaRi
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
در دل می گفت :"تکلیف گناهام چی میشه ؟"و به یاد میگساری هایش افتاد و پولهایی که پای بطری گذاشته بود و خونهایی که به دل زنش کرده و دشنام هایی که به او داده بود و یکشنبه هایی که به کلیسا نرفته بود و همه ی کارهای بدی که بابت آن ها کشیش بعد از اعتراف سرزنشش کرده بود."خوب ,معلومه,بار گناهام که سبک نیست .اما این گناها رو که من به اختیار نکردم .خدا خودش منو این جور ساخته .چه کنم؟چه طور میشه گناه نکرد؟کیست که گناه نکرده باشه؟"
Edward
Chronology
Introduction
Further Reading


--Family Happiness
--The Kreutzer Sonata
--The Devil
--Father Sergius

Appendix 1: Postface to 'The Kreutzer Sonata'
Appendix 2: Alternative Conclusion to 'The Devil'
Notes
Arhondi
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading Karenina, I had a really hard time to find anything that would make me feel the same involvement as a reader. I did try, but in the end I went back to old Leo and his short stories, recommended by a friend.

I have the Penguin Classics edition which includes: Family Happiness, The Kreutzer Sonata, The Devil and Father Sergius - accompanied by a very interesting preface but most of all, of a mind blowing postface by Tolstoy himself, where he tries to explain his intentions and thought
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Aslihan
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yazımının üzerinden geçen uzun zamana karşın evlilik, cinsellik, aşk konusundaki analizi güncelliğini koruyor. Tolstoy bu küçük kitapta toplumsal ahlakın yarattığı baskı ve bireyin aklı ve duyguları arasındaki sıkışmışlığının sonuçlarını kadın-erkek ilişkileri üzerinden anlatıyor. Bugün de evlilik duygularla çıkılan bir yol gibi görünse de toplumsal normlar ve büyük oranda ekonomik çıkarlar çerçevesinde sürdürülen bir birlik. BU nedenle Tolstoy'un bu birliğe ve cinselliğin de doğrudan bu birlikl ...more
Erin
Mar 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What I love about Tolstoy is the conflict evident in his novels; he wants humanity to strive towards spiritual goodness but humanity is composed of individuals who are only capable of striving stubbornly for this and that and Tolstoy is overcome by compassion for their random strivings. He is a great writer because he does not force his characters to strive for goodness, and I think this broke his heart, he follows them as they follow their own destinies and this sadness about the intractabilit
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Fil
Molto diverso dagli altri libri del grande Tolstoj ma comunque un'ottima lettura.
Mi ha ricordato molto (tralasciando le prime pagine) la struttura delle Memorie dal sottosuolo: la prima metà un monologo e la seconda gli effetti del monologo nella realtà. Le prime pagine sono invece simili alle altre opere di Tolstoj: tanti personaggi dialogano su un treno.

Tutto il libro racconta poi un'unica scena: il protagonista viene avvicinato da uno sconosciuto che gli racconta tutte le sue teorie e tutta
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Nicole
Oct 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These stories each had clear strengths, and the more Tolstoy I read the more impressed I am by how he manages to give just enough weight to the important details that they strike the reader as ones to remember without completely overwhelming the other details that are just there to more fully set the scene. It's a delicate balance and he achieves it admirably well.

That said, though, these stories failed to strike a strong chord with me. The first is essentially a fable, and a rather transparent
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Abby
Jul 24, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those into Russian authors
This has 3 short stories in it. The first was very thought-provoking, about how much land does it take to make a man happy? Substitute land for $, power, love and you pretty much have it analyzed. The second story I didn't get. About dying and having everyone around you know it, and yet not talk about it. They're all just waiting for the man to die so they can take what he has, his job, his money, etc. But it does say something about the legacy we leave, and how we should frame our lives a littl ...more
Lenore Beadsman64
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia
nel libro di John Reed "I dieci giorni che sconvolsero il mondo" che racconta come un reportage la rivoluzione d'ottobre, c'è un passaggio minuscolo in cui i rivoluzionari entrano in una stanza del Palazzo d'Inverno e trovano un buffo ometto seduto in poltrona, al che chiedono ai compagni chi sia costui e lui si alza in piedi declamando "Tolstoj, conte"
ora che un tipo simile possa nel pieno della Rivoluzione non aver tema di declamare il proprio titolo anzi, che lo tiri in piena faccia ai nuovi
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Pardis Parto
اوايل بهار بود. دو روز بود كه در قطار بوديم. مسافراني كه راهشان كوتاه بود سوار يا پياده ميشند اما سه نفر، از جمله من، از آغاز حركت در قطار مانده بوديم. يكي بانوي سالمند زشترويي بود كه سيگار ميكشيد و چهرهاي شكسته و رنجنشان داشت و كلاه و پالتويش به لباس مردها ميمانست و ديگري مردي بود آشناي او، كه چهل سالي داشت و سر و زباندار بود و لباس رمتبي داشت، همه چيزش نو، و سومي مرد متشخصي بود، نه چندان بلند بالا، با حركاتي خشت و ضربتوار. نميشد گفت پير است ولي موهاي مجعدش پيدا بود نابههنگام جوگندمي شده است. خ ...more
Nicole
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this compilation to read the Kreutzer Sonata for The List, but honestly I enjoyed the other stories in the book much more. I had a very difficult time staying focused for the first part and honestly found the Sonata rather boring. The other stories, including "Ivan the Fool" felt like classic folk tales and were often amusing as well as beautifully told. I would recommend this for the other stories rather than the featured one. I came across one review that said this was a terrible t ...more
Leigh
Best of the bunch: "The Death of Ivan Ilych." Dismally effective.
Tatesha
Jun 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Tolstoy Lovers
One of my favorite short stories of all time is in this book. It's called, "The Devil" and it is in my opinion the best of all the stories in this collection.
Jackson
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Each story better than the previous! The titular novella gave a cogent look into the machinations of jealousy. Great stuff.
Charles
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
So, I’ve now read my first Tolstoy. Not War and Peace. I haven’t the strength yet. I read a collection called The Kreutzer Sonata, which contains three longish short stories: "How Much Land Does a Man Need," "The Death of Ivan Ilych," and "The Kreutzer Sonata.”

Seeing as how this is a translation, I can’t make much judgement about Tolstoy’s prose directly. These tales are well and simply told. There’s not much beauty in the prose—in the translation, but there is excellent scene setting and Tolsto
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“Music makes me forget my real situation. It transports me into a state which is not my own. Under the influence of music I really seem to feel what I do not feel, to understand what I do not understand, to have powers which I cannot have.” 0 likes
“music transports me immediately into the condition of soul in which he who wrote the music found himself at that time. I become confounded with his soul, and with him I pass from one condition to another. But why that? I know nothing about it? But he who wrote Beethoven's 'Kreutzer Sonata' knew well why he found himself in a certain condition.” 0 likes
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