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Master and Man and Other Stories
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Leo Tolstoy Hugh McLean
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Master and Man and Other Stories

Leo Tolstoy Hugh McLean Paul Foote Hugh McLean


9780140449624

Penguin Classics


Classic fiction (pre c 1945);
Short stories;
Fiction in translation;
Literature, Poetry & Criticism


Paperback

336 pages

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The ten stories collected in this volume demonstrate Tolstoy's artistic prowess displayed over five decades experimenting with prose styles and drawing on his own experiences with humour, realism and compassion. Inspired by his experiences in the army, 'The Two Hussars' contrasts a dashing father and his mean-spirited son. Illustrating Tolstoy's belief that art must serve a moral purpose, 'What Men Live By' portrays an angel sent to earth to learn three existential rules of life, and 'Two Old Men' shows a peasant abandoning his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in order to help his neighbours. And in the highly moving 'Master and Man', Tolstoy depicts a mercenary merchant travelling with his unprotesting servant through a blizzard to close a business deal - little realizing he may soon have to settle accounts with his maker.

By:   Leo Tolstoy
Notes by:   Paul Foote, Paul Foote
Introduction by:   Hugh McLean, Hugh McLean
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 200mm,  Width: 136mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   248g
ISBN:   9780140449624
ISBN 10:   0140449620
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   July 2005
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Count Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828 on the family estate of Yasnaya Polyana, in the Tula province. He took part in the Crimean war and after the defence of Sevastopol wrote The Sevastopol Sketches (1855-6), which established his literary reputation. He is the author, among many other works, of War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877) and A Confession (1879-82). Ronald Wilks has translated widely from the Russian, including for Penguin works by Gorky, Gogol and Chekhov. Hugh McLean has published widely on Russian literature, including contributing an essay on The Countryside to the Cambridge Companion to the Classic Russian Novel and one on Tolstoy's Resurrection to the Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy. Paul Foote was, until his retirement, a University Lecturer in Russian and Fellow of the Queen's College, Oxford.

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