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Leo Tolstoy's 20 Greatest Short Stories Annotated by Leo Tolstoy
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Dec 28, 2010

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Repackaging the classics--it's a time-honored tradition of the publishing world. With every new edition, an inevitable, obligatory question arises: can it rival, or even supplant, the current go-to volume (which, in this case, just so happens to be Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy, the standard work for both students of Russian literature and bargain hunters alike)? As for Leo Tolstoy's 20 Greatest Short Stories, the short answer is that it most assuredly does not. Barger's annotations are rarely notable, and, as another reviewer has noted, the early reviewer copies of the text were riddled with errors. While the majority of these errors were hopefully corrected before the official version of the work went to print (as is often the case), there nevertheless remains no single reason to favor this text over the cheaper, aforementioned Harper Perennial Modern Classics edition of Tolstoy's short works.
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