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A confession and other religious writings

By: Tolstoy, Leo Kentish, Jane(Introduction by) Kentish, Jane(Translated by)

Part of the Penguin classics series
0140444734 / 9780140444735
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Reprint. This translation originally published: 1987.

Describing Tolstoy's crisis of depression and estrangement from the world, A Confession (1879) is an autobiographical work of exceptional emotional honesty.

By the time he was fifty, Tolstoy had already written the novels that would assure him of literary immortality; he had a wife, a large estate and numerous children; he was a happy man' and in good health - yet life had lost its meaning.

In this poignant confessional fragment, he records a period of his life when he began to turn away from fiction and aesthetics, and to search instead for a practical religion not promising future bliss, but giving bliss on earth'.


DNF Literary essays, HRA Religion: general

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