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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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Debbie Zapata
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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As usual, I did not know anything beforehand about this play when I picked it for a year-long challenge to read one short work per week. All I paid attention to was Tolstoy as the author, and knowing that I wanted to read more of his plays. I ended up with two in the same challenge, and what a difference there was between them!

The Fruits of Culture was a comedy, but this play was a tragic drama: just as realistic in character portrayal as the other one, but grim, gruesome, and extremely disturbi
Laura Wetsel
Mar 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
It's so powerful that the horror of it made me physically ill.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kötülüğün hiçbir romantik boyut katılmayan, en hesaplı ve banal halinin anlatıldığı, ismini de hak eden bir oyun. Buna rağmen, Tolstoy'un tamamen umutsuz olduğunu da söyleyemeyiz...
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Tatlı tatlı yemenin acı acı kusması vardır!"

Gerçekten çok çarpıcı bir hikayeyi işlemiş bu kitabında Tolstoy Baba.
Para kazanma hırsı, her çiçekten bal alma arzusu bir insanı nasıl bir felakete ,nasıl bir ruh ölümüne sürüklüyor daha iyi anlatılamazdı!!!

❄Elsa Frost❄
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Very interesting, most definitely! Intriguing, terrifying plot with a very Christian ending that echoes "repentance" towards both God and man for terrible sins that have been committed. I would have to say that I enjoyed it! I refused to put it down until I finished it.
Nermine Tadross
The Power of Darkness (1883) is the first play I read by Tolstoy. The play skillfully depicts the life in a poor Russian village; superstitions, ignorance and the deteriorating condition of women. So I think this what he means by "darkness." The disturbing thing, for me, is that Tolstoy depicts women as the root of evil in the play. While the protagonist (a young man) redeems himself at the end; women are totally incorrigible. One of the characters describes women in the play as "Just mud! There ...more
Oct 23, 2014 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 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 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.
Was not expecting something that happens in it.
Micaiah Rhys Quindoza
I thank my Literature professor for choosing this as my assignment for a Final reflection paper. It inspired me so much, and it gave me ideas for my future stories. This is gold.
Raquel Curvacheiro
o meu primeiro Tolstoy... tinha 13 aninhos...
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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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