Resurrection - Vol. 1

Resurrection - Vol. 1

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Resurrection - Vol. 1

Resurrection - Vol. 1

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Among the works of Tolstoy’s declining years few approach “Resurrection” in their appeal to the imagination and to the heart of the reader. the reason is not far to seek. the sage of Yasnaya Poliana epitomizes here in the form of a novel his teachings and his views on every phase of the human life—the duty of man to his God, his soul and his neighbor as an individual and as a member of the human race; incidentally he pays his respects to the state, to the church, to man-made creeds, to science, to art, to the administration of justice and to the penal system, to land ownership and to wealth in general, to European culture as contrasted with the life of the Russian tiller of the soil, and to a thousand and one aspects of the modern world.

In the person of Nekhliudov—the principal male character of “Resurrection,” Tolstoy portrays his own soul experience in his transformation from an aristocratic libertine and drone into an uncompromising follower of the clear teachings of the Gospel of Christ—as interpreted by Tolstoy.

It is for this reason that in the “RUSSIAN AUTHORS’ LIBRARY” series “Resurrection” follows immediately upon the “Pathway of Life” which is a collection of pearls of human wisdom gathered by Tolstoy in the course of his epic career. the criticism has been made that neither in “Resurrection” nor in the “Pathway of Life” there is anything strikingly new in the matter of teaching; that throughout these works we are confronted with the constant re-

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