Here are some of Tolstoy’s extraordinary short stories, from “The Death of Ivan Ilyich.” in a masterly new translation, to “The Raid,” “The Wood-felling,” “Three Deaths,” “Polikushka,” “After the Ball,” and “The Forged Coupon,” all gripping and eloquent lessons on two of Tolstoy’s most persistent themes: life and death. More experimental than his novels, Tolstoy’s stories are essential reading for anyone interested in his development as one of the major writers and thinkers of his time.
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About Leo Tolstoy
Count Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) was born in central Russia. After serving in the Crimean War, he retired to his estate and devoted himself to writing, farming, and raising his large family. His novels and outspoken social polemics brought him world… More about Leo Tolstoy
Published by Penguin Classics May 27, 2008| 352 Pages| ISBN 9780140449617