Posthumous Works - Vol. 2

Posthumous Works - Vol. 2

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Posthumous Works - Vol. 2

Posthumous Works - Vol. 2

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In Vol. II of Tolstoy's "POSTHUMOUS WORKS" the Russian Authors Library presents two dramatic works of the sage of Yasnya Poliana, --"And a Light Shineth in the Darkness" and "The Living Corpse." The first of these dramas was left incomplete in manuscript form. The first four acts, indeed, are carefully worked out, but the fifth act appears in the form of a synopsis. The other drama, having found its way to the European and the American stage, is better known to the English-speaking public and is offered in this volume in the form of an unexpurgated translation of the original text.

"And a Light Shineth in the Darkness" portrays the conflics in the soul of a Russian landowner who reaches the conclusion that it is wrong to profit by the toil of the peasants and that it is, therefore, wrong to own land, but is unable to act upon his convictions in the face of the determined opposition on the part of his own household. Unlike Nekhliudov in "Resurrection," Saryntzov is no libertine converted as the result of a moral shock. He is a model husband and father, a well-meaning landowner, inclined to be perfectly just and fair to the peasants who eke out a precarious livelihood on the lands which he owns by inheritance. He rejoices in the love of a wife who seeks to understand him, though she does not share his views.

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