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At this time I began to write, from vanity, greed, and pride. In my writings I did exactly as in life. In order to possess the glory and the wealth for whose sake I wrote, it was necessary to conceal the good, and to display the bad. And so I did.

Tolstoy's autobiographical essay is a dissection of his soul, a study of his life's movement away from the religious certainties of youth, and a vital piece of reading which contextualizes the great works he is best known for. Marking the point at which his life moved from the worldly to the spiritual, Tolstoy's philosophical reassessment of the Orthodox faith is a work that holds vital spiritual and intellectual importance to this very day.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 4/22/2011

    " It's hard to deny his hand was guided divinely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emanuel | 6/26/2010

    " Tolstoy's brutal honesty about his feelings and struggles makes it very easy for the reader to identify with what i'm sure everyone faces at one point in life, the question of the meaning of life. great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 6/19/2010

    " Tolsoty's end of life discussion of his spiritual beliefs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 4/10/2010

    " wow. no other impulse buy, half a day read as made as much of an impact on my thinking as this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 3/16/2010

    " A great description of existential malaise and spiritual vacuum, and a nice call for unification of approaches. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilana | 9/1/2009

    " Exceedingly interesting. A bit dry naturally, but well worth it. "

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About the Author
Author Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) was born about two hundred miles from Moscow. His mother died when he was two, his father when he was nine. His parents were of noble birth, and Tolstoy remained acutely aware of his aristocratic roots, even when he later embraced doctrines of equality and the brotherhood of man. After serving in the army in the Caucasus and Crimea, where he wrote his first stories, he traveled and studied educational theories. In 1862 he married Sophia Behrs and for the next fifteen years lived a tranquil, productive life, finishing War and Peace in 1869 and Anna Karenina in 1877. In 1879 he underwent a spiritual crisis; he sought to propagate his beliefs on faith, morality, and nonviolence, writing mostly parables, tracts, and morality plays. Tolstoy died of pneumonia in 1910 at the age of eighty-two.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.