This collection of eleven
stories spans virtually the whole of Tolstoy’s creative life. While each is
unique in form, as a group they are representative of his style, and touch on
the central themes that surface in War
and Peace and Anna Karenina.
Stories as different as “The Snowstorm,” “Lucerne,” “The Diary of a Madman,”
and “The Devil” are grounded in autobiographical experience. They deal with
journeys of self-discovery and the moral and religious thought that
characterizes Tolstoy’s works of criticism and philosophy. “Strider” and “Father
Sergy,” as well as reflecting Tolstoy’s own experiences, also reveal profound
These stories range over much
of the nineteenth-century Russian world, from the nobility to the peasantry,
the military to the clergy, from merchants and cobblers to a horse and a tree.
Together they present a fascinating picture of Tolstoy’s skill and artistry. Download and start listening now!