The Kreutzer Sonata Variations: Lev Tolstoy's Novella and by Michael R. Katz, Andrey Tolstoy, Ekaterina Tolstaya

By Michael R. Katz, Andrey Tolstoy, Ekaterina Tolstaya

A paintings exceptional in international literature, this targeted quantity incorporates a new translation of Lev Tolstoy’s arguable novella The Kreutzer Sonata, which was once at the beginning banned via Russian censors. furthermore, to be had to English readers for the 1st time is an interesting and formerly ignored constellation of counterstories written by means of the author’s spouse and son in direct reaction to Tolstoy’s provocative story, each one a passionate try to undo the message of the unique paintings. those appreciably conflicting stories, observed via excerpts from relations letters, diaries, notes, and memoirs, offer readers with a shiny and hugely revealing case learn of the robust disputes bearing on sexuality and gender roles that erupted in the cultural context of late-nineteenth-century Russian, in addition to eu, society.

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10 Even if he has symptoms or some disease—no matter. Nowadays there’s a cure. Why, I know parents of several young women in high society who’ve enthusiastically given their daughters away in marriage to men suffering from syphilis. Oh, how disgusting! ” He emitted his strange sound several times and drank some tea. The tea was terribly strong and there was no water to dilute it. I felt especially stimulated by the two glasses I’d had. The tea must also have had an effect on him because he’d become more and more excited.

14 T H E K R E U T Z E R S O N ATA half-needs suggested to me as appropriate for my age. I indulged in debauchery just as I began to drink and smoke. Still there was something par ticular and poignant in my first fall. I remember how at that moment, in that very place, before I’d even left the room, I felt sad, so sad that I wanted to cry, to cry about the loss of my innocence, about my relationship to women that had been destroyed forever. Yes, sir, a natural, simple relationship to women had been destroyed forever.

Oh, how disgusting! ” He emitted his strange sound several times and drank some tea. The tea was terribly strong and there was no water to dilute it. I felt especially stimulated by the two glasses I’d had. The tea must also have had an effect on him because he’d become more and more excited. His voice became more melodious and expressive. He kept shifting his position, first taking off his hat, then putting it on again, and his face kept changing in the semidarkness in which we were sitting. “Well, that’s how I lived until I was thirty, never for a moment abandoning my intention to marry and establish the most sublime and pure family life.

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