The Devil is a novella by Leo Tolstoy, was published in 1911, after the write’s death. It tells the story of a married landowner slowly overcome with unrelenting sexual desire for one of the peasants on his estate. Before his marriage, he had many sexual relationships with women while living in St. Petersburg. He inherited an estate in the country after the death of his father and he decided to leave the city. In his new life, he lives with his mother. She thinks it is time for him to get married. But after a year of marriage, he finds himself in a position where he needs to have his lust satisfied again. Leo Tolstoy explored the tortures of lust in several of his story which is written in the last years of his life. In these later works - like The Devil, Father Sergius and The Kreutzer Sonata - he portrays sexual desire as one of the bodily temptations that must be renounced in order to find the divinity within. This version of the book is translated by Soroosh Habibi to Persian (Farsi) and narrated by Hamed Faal. The Persian version of The Devil’s audiobook is published by Maktub worldwide.
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About 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.