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    IGNOU books 2019 In Hindi Online PDF Free the role of art and music in societyIn her Introduction, Doris Lessing shows how relevant The Kreutzer Sonata is to our understanding of Tolstoy the artist, as well as to feminism and literature This Modern Library Paperback Classic also contains Tolstoy s Sequel to the Kruetzer Sonata."/>
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The Kreutzer Sonata❴EPUB❵ ✰ The Kreutzer Sonata Author Leo Tolstoy – Essayreview.co.uk When Marshal of the Nobility Pozdnyshev suspects his wife of having an affair with her music partner, his jealousy consumes him and drives him to murder Controversial upon publication in , The Kreutze When Marshal of the Nobility Pozdnyshev suspects his wife of having an affair with her music partner, his jealousy consumes him and drives him to murder Controversial upon publication in , The Kreutzer Sonata illuminates Tolstoy s then feverish Christian ideals, his The Kreutzer PDF/EPUB ² conflicts with lust and the hypocrisies of nineteenth century marriage, and his thinking on the role of art and music in societyIn her Introduction, Doris Lessing shows how relevant The Kreutzer Sonata is to our understanding of Tolstoy the artist, as well as to feminism and literature This Modern Library Paperback Classic also contains Tolstoy s Sequel to the Kruetzer Sonata.


About the Author: Leo Tolstoy

Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy Russian commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna The Kreutzer PDF/EPUB ² Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction Many consider Tolstoy to have been one of the world s greatest novelists Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformerHis literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho pacifist His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth century figures as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.


10 thoughts on “The Kreutzer Sonata

  1. says:

    Lookie here, folks, this is me giving a 4 star rating to a massively sexist, pro Christian, anti sex, anti birth control novella about a guy who murders his wife for maybe cheating on him, feels justified in doing so, and gets away with it All of that plot reveal is in the book s description, spoiler markers This story isn t about that basic series of events, but about a man s rationalization process concerning that quickly summarized back story, so keep your dirty mouse clicks off of my revi Lookie here, folks, this is me giving a 4 star rating to a massively sexist, pro Christian, anti sex, anti birth control novella about a guy who murders his wife for maybe cheating on him, feels justified in doing so, and gets away with it All of that plot reveal is in the book s description, spoiler markers This story isn t about that basic series of events, but about a man s rationalization process concerning that quickly summarized back story, so keep your dirty mouse clicks off of my review Have I forgotten myself, or is this book incredibly well written Can I love the arrangement of the words, but detest their meaning Apparently, I am capable of divorcing myself from emotional readings of novels lectures which take the polar opposite position from mine concerning matters that are of the utmost importance to me, notably that 1 Sex is a complex and often splendidly vile thing which manifests itself in broad shapes and forms and twists and turns and varying shades between gentleness and violence, assuming all involved are consenting adults just workin their way through the various urges springing from their beastly cranial stuffings I m not here to judge, man 2 That women and men are equal as human beings, and that not everything a woman does in her daily life, from getting an education to picking up a new hobby, is directed specifically toward the goal of making as many men as possible swoon over her because she s an insecure, manipulative, cold hearted Child of Babylon I can t believe I even have to say that, but there it is 3 That viewing something as sinful because the invisible pink unicorn says so, and what s worse, trying to force others to live their lives according to that set of fabricated principles, is an ire inspiring, sad state of affairs indeed.Know what Tolstoy thinks Women are oppressed and instantly objectified by the very existence of sexuality, so they lash out by flocking men around them via literally EVERYTHING they do Sex is evil if engaged in for pleasure, even in marriage, but women don t have to worry about that because they don t want sex anyway They just use those things in their front and that other thing in between their stilts to make up for being wronged by society Point of fact, they hate sex Men love it because they are cursed with a love for it, and many of the terrible things they do, all the way down to murder, can be explained by it alone sex The closest thing to un evil that a lady can do for herself that is sex related is have children within the bounds of marriage this is their sole reason for existing anyways, right AMIRIGHTFELLAS , then move on to raise them Anything else is double, double toil and trouble The best a man can do is avoid that temptation as much as possible, admit that all of his supposed love for a woman is purely the product of icky biological needs and perverse social conditioning, and try to live an abstinent life Makes sense, right No, it doesn t.Now, I know it s dangerous to assume that an author actually believes what he says through a story s protagonist, which is why I was benefit of the doubting the hell out of this novel, and just allowing myself to be swept up in the insane ramblings of this awful specimen of human which Tolstoy constructed so remarkably well To illustrate, any time someone makes a comment about how Nabokov must have been a pedophile to write Humbert and Quilty so well, I can feel my esophagus beginning to constrict, my nails digging into my palms, and a strong urge to have a drink or twenty However, I suggest you read Tolstoy s follow up clarification of the meaning behind The Kreutzer Sonata Vague is the least appropriate word you could possibly use This is not just a character sketch of a damaged man, this is a road map concerning how to live virtuously, Tolstoy style, and all the terrible things that will happen if you don t This is like Pat Roberts roid raging, still all in love with god, but hateful of the church itself It s nauseating, really, but the fact remains that there really are people out their who think this way That alone makes it worth writing about, especially this beautifully.Regardless of the fact that I officially think the man was kind of a prick with some seriously fucking warped views, this story still breezes along, exhaustively detailing the inner workings of exactly that a seriously fucking warped prick s mind There are also some beautiful musings on the infinite importance and changing powers of music to the mind of the listener a gentle soul, that Tolstoy Almost everything else that the narrator Pozdnyshev has to say has this intense, guttural quality that hits in these never ending blasts of shrapnel My meaning this book is powerful It made me angry, it fascinated me, I couldn t stop reading it I mean, try and imagine riding on a train seemingly the longest train ride ever , and having Robert Blake suddenly sit next to you and in that creepy voice of his, say Hello, I m Robert Blake, and I m here today to admit to all of you how I actually did commit the murder of my wife for which I was acquitted, precisely how I did it, and exactly why the bitch deserved it Gather round, kids, it s story time You would listen, and not just because you re starstruck I definitely made it to the finish line, and I m stubbornly opinionated to the contrary of almost everything this book stands for.All that said, if you really do get majorly upset by these topics and aren t prepared to just fall in with Tolstoy s maddening prose while suspending the realization that he pretty much means every word, then reading this book could leave you withthan a few blown fuses May I recommend Valium with a cup of warm tea beforehand, or that you avoid this book like the plague Gentle suggestions, is all.Please keep in mind that this is my first experience with Tolstoy, and that I fully intend to read other works by him I can see that he was an extremely gifted writer, and mean no disrespect to his ardent fans All I m saying is that I m not real sure how well he and I would have gotten along discussing certain political and spiritual topics over drinks

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    Plainly the only reason for reading Tolstoy s Kretzer Sonate is to be able to begin the review with The Kreutzer Sonate and to end the review with The Kreutzer Sonate.As to the story I am disappointed, for which I blame Janacek.To go back to the beginning, lets imagine you are travelling on a train, it is going to be a fairly long journey,than a day, I get on and sit opposite you and begin to tell you a boring story full of tiresome ideologies I had settled on reading Ms Appletree s Iron Plainly the only reason for reading Tolstoy s Kretzer Sonate is to be able to begin the review with The Kreutzer Sonate and to end the review with The Kreutzer Sonate.As to the story I am disappointed, for which I blame Janacek.To go back to the beginning, lets imagine you are travelling on a train, it is going to be a fairly long journey,than a day, I get on and sit opposite you and begin to tell you a boring story full of tiresome ideologies I had settled on reading Ms Appletree s Iron Curtain the crushing of eastern Europe, flicking through and reading a couple of pages of Ms Apfelbaum s book ator less random convinced me that it was likely to be a deeply silly tome view spoiler in which case you may well ask why not just cut to the quick and read Mme Wolstonecraft instead hide spoiler and that I would need some strengthening beforehand before embarking upon it, my stomach suggested Tolstoy s Kreuzer Sonata, which I had never read but I knew that Janacek s first violin sonata had been inspired by it and since that is a passionate, engaging and a powerful piece of music I led my myself to believe that the work that inspired it must be at least that good After reading I m at a loss what to do with my stomach does it need some of those fancy yoghurt things with friendly bacteria, or a stiff glass of 80% spirits to kill off a billion or two microbes and enable a different floral consensus to emerge in my intestine view spoiler let me not forget that I am a federal being hide spoiler As short stories go it is a bit complicated in its structure It was first published in 1889, the edition I read has an extra section from 1890 in response to the many letters received asking me what s it all about Lev Nikolilich , this extra section is about 15% of the complete length and outlines that Tolstoy is at leastChristian than the Church, also implicitly that the only person qualified to interpret Tolstoy is his prophet Tolstoy.The main story has a narrator who may or may not be Tolstoy view spoiler probably not since the man doesn t have a servant on hand to take care of his needs hide spoiler travelling on a long train journey, one of the other passengers is a somewhat nervous and agitated fellow eager to share his opinions on love and the relative positions of men and women in society, it emerges he has a special interest in these questions because he murdered his wife in a fit of jealousy, he was acquitted by a jury of his peers on the grounds of the supposed adultery of his wife And eventually he tells the narrator the story of how he came to murder his wife with a dagger in a state of absolute clarity.I suppose my disappointment is twofold, since as a biased and limited person that I am I would have two at least expectations from the above, that the author through their literary skill puts me in a position in which I experience that state of passion and am myself a vicarious murderer since through literature we can get to live the lives that to our own good fortune we never get to live and can with Dr Johnson say upon seeing the condemned man on the way to the gallows there but for the Grace of God or historical materialism,fate, accumulated Karma, or luck go I secondly that I believe the character in the story is capable of being a murderer.As to the first I was left feeling that the story teller was simply silly, perhaps in need of a thick ear, or having his head plunged repeatedly into a barrel of cold water As to the second I could believe that he might drive his partner to suicide by jumping out of a moving train, orlikely that they d get off at the next stop wherever the hell it was, station or no, rather than endureof his babble, but a murderer Anyhow, the good Count in 1890 decided to rescue all literate humanity and tell all of us fools that the entire point of everything is that one must be a vegetarian and be celibate Otherwise you end up stabbing your wife repeatedly through her corset with a dagger obviously.Reading the details of the murderer s narration largely drawn from Tolstoy s own life, pre marital vigorous indulgence in prostitutes, marriage, frequent sex with the young peasant women of his estate, children, his wife s difficulty in breast feeding their first born, I wondered given his combination of disgust at sexual expression between men and women coupled with unrelenting intercourse with a volcanic sexual drive, if maybe homosexuality might have suited him better Then again that would probably have simply given him a completely new set of complexities and problems I recall that there was in the backwoods of Russia a sect that practised castration view spoiler the Skoptsy, seriously fiction has nothing on life hide spoiler , I don t know why, perhaps having observed that you can make a bull into an ox and a cockerel into a capon that by analogy perhaps they thought by the same means to make man into superman Well Tolstoy is what he is, from the Janacek I had constructed a different story in my imagination, a narrator noticing exchanged glances, lingering touches, and his increasingly intense reactions to these, but that isn t the story he wants to tell, or maybe preach.The change from 1877 Anna Karenina to 1889 Kreutzer Sonata is remarkable, even regressive less emotionally wide ranging, even weirder despite common elements view spoiler adultery, opium, trains, and after doing some sawing in the garden I recalled the obvious one the adulterous woman must die hide spoiler , less sympathetic to the emotional integrity of all his characters.Anyway, having finished I m all theamused by the Janacek connection given his own irrepressible adultery, which in a manner of speaking led to his death view spoiler he had a fatal heart attack while in a position of considerable intimacy with a young lady who was not his wife hide spoiler

  3. says:

    One of the best stories I have ever read.Written by one of the greatest story tellers A bold, and authentic discussion of Lust Love Marriage Children Jealousy Madness.Strong stuff

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    I read Doris Lessing s introduction to this and I was a bit stunned, angry almost Why would a writer pen such a semi negative image of a book in her introduction, I wondered A critique, yes, but why write an introduction for it at all There is a moment when she even questions his lovemaking skills At some point one does have to ask if perhaps the trouble was really a simple one Tolstoy was no good in bed Whaaat A bit personal, no And then I read the book Ehn ehn. On a plane to Chicago I read Doris Lessing s introduction to this and I was a bit stunned, angry almost Why would a writer pen such a semi negative image of a book in her introduction, I wondered A critique, yes, but why write an introduction for it at all There is a moment when she even questions his lovemaking skills At some point one does have to ask if perhaps the trouble was really a simple one Tolstoy was no good in bed Whaaat A bit personal, no And then I read the book Ehn ehn. On a plane to Chicago, I read At the Chicago Riverwalk, flanked by pigeons, I read At a teashop, I read While waiting for my husband to end his day at a conference for lawyers, I read And then I started to be angry at myself for choosing it I threw the book on the park bench, kept walking, turned around, and came back for it It was small, fit snugly into a small backpack, seemed easy for travel, so I chose it from my home library Ehn ehn, silly mistake There I was, in a different city, no paperback to read, a few books on Audible, yes, but it still wasn t the same Alas, this is one I did not, could not complete Tolstoy wrote this during the spiritual crisis that reshaped his life He was a rationalist and moralist and his views on marriage had become skewed He stopped writing, until friends like Turgenev, on his deathbed, convinced him to keep writing Of course we re glad he did, because we have possibilities, like The Death of Ivan Ilych However, putting aside the preposterous plot, the tone of this book was disconcertingly bitter and anguished, a bit psychotic and egotistical, and just plain ignorant as relates to female sexuality Perhaps Tolstoy should have listened to his friend Chekhov when he told him he talked nonsense about female sexuality I just could not take another moment of Pozdnyshev s condescension, even if at some points he had great insight about man s hypocrisy On to the next My next planned Tolstoy reread The Death of Ivan Ilych

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    I was inspired to read this after finishing The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy because the theme of The Kreutzer Sonata seemed to closely mirror an episode Sofia described in which her husband became jealous of a musician friend of hers and of the hours they spent playing music together That real life connection gave the novella an extra relevance for me but otherwise I found it difficult to understand I think I prefer the Tolstoy of War and Peace and of Anna Karenina to thefundamentalist and I was inspired to read this after finishing The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy because the theme of The Kreutzer Sonata seemed to closely mirror an episode Sofia described in which her husband became jealous of a musician friend of hers and of the hours they spent playing music together That real life connection gave the novella an extra relevance for me but otherwise I found it difficult to understand I think I prefer the Tolstoy of War and Peace and of Anna Karenina to thefundamentalist and intensely angry Tolstoy who wrote this novella However, the work introduced me to Beethoven s Kreutzer Sonata, a wonderful piece of music which has become a favourite I have the Itzhak Perlman version but this one is fine too

  6. says:

    What a creepy, unpleasant read Not what I expected from Tolstoy, at all.

  7. says:

    I wanted to run after him, but remembered that it is ridiculous to run after one s wife s lover in one s socks and I did not wish to be ridiculous but terrible Tolstoy is to me without a doubt one of the greatest writers ever, with Anna Karenina in my opinion his greatest work, one of the greatest works ever He was also an accomplished short story writer, as evidenced by, for example, the excellent The Death of Ivan Illich, which I also re read this year Woody Allen made a film, Love and I wanted to run after him, but remembered that it is ridiculous to run after one s wife s lover in one s socks and I did not wish to be ridiculous but terrible Tolstoy is to me without a doubt one of the greatest writers ever, with Anna Karenina in my opinion his greatest work, one of the greatest works ever He was also an accomplished short story writer, as evidenced by, for example, the excellent The Death of Ivan Illich, which I also re read this year Woody Allen made a film, Love and Death, based on his appreciation of Russian novelists and his observation that all great literature was basically about one or two subjects, which are often intertwined, love and death This novella fits.A man riding a train, in hearing some discussion of love and marriage, makes his confession explanation of why he killed his wife But it demands some background, he says, and athan a lot of annoying preaching about the evils of sex desire adultery in the dissolution of society some of which mirrors Tolstoy s own emerging conservative religious views But over time, we get to the jealous rage that leads to the murder of his wife, who had taken as a friend a fellow musician with whom she plays Beethoven s Kreutzer Sonata, which he claims ignites dangerous emotions.https www.youtube.com watch v COGcCThis novella was published in 1886, some years after Anna Karenina In Anna he had intended to embody his denunciation of Moscow High Society, materialism, and moral dissolution, but in the process Tolstoy ironically Or, of course fell in love with his main character, and she emerged, Eliza Doolittle ishly, arichly complex character than he had ever imagined Kreutzer is an example of later fictional work whereof his moralizing comes into play, his didacticism, and though the story does make the main character come alive, I didn t find it ultimately convincing, and less than sympathetic about human failings It feels almost mean spirited in depicting the crack pot murderer.Tolstoy later wrote, to clarify his intentions, Let us stop believing that carnal love is high and noble and understand that any end worth our pursuit in service of humanity, our homeland, science, art, let alone God any end, so long as we may count it worth our pursuit, is not attained by joining ourselves to the objects of our carnal love in marriage or outside it that, in fact, infatuation and conjunction with the object of our carnal love whatever the authors of romances and love poems claim to the contrary will never help our worthwhile pursuits but only hinder them.But he only muddies the water for me Why be opposed to desire altogether I was raised in a very strict Calvinist environment, and this feels very familiar to me He s become almost anti humanist, against love and the arts.And yet, for writing about sex and society, America s own favorite moralist and rough rider Teddy Roosevelt called Tolstoy a sexual moral pervert I don t think so He writes well, and sure, sex is a problem with the divorce rate and porn and domestic abuse and sexual trafficking, but I still wouldn t start here with Tolstoy

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    What happened to Tolstoy the jolly sensualist who liked getting his leg over I know late 19th century Russia folks were struggling with sexuality problems, and how to deal with human lust with minimum oppression, misery, and offence to God, but this novella still shocked me At the time some even despised him forever over it.Banned by the Russian censors this is probably LT s most controversial work, and it s easy to see why, even the most fraught relationship is unlikely to approach the crazy What happened to Tolstoy the jolly sensualist who liked getting his leg over I know late 19th century Russia folks were struggling with sexuality problems, and how to deal with human lust with minimum oppression, misery, and offence to God, but this novella still shocked me At the time some even despised him forever over it.Banned by the Russian censors this is probably LT s most controversial work, and it s easy to see why, even the most fraught relationship is unlikely to approach the crazy and deranged union described in Tolstoy s story First published in 1891 only after the writer s indefatigable wife, Sonya the very person who must have felt most humiliated by it appealed to the Tsar Seldom, if ever, has such a crackpot polemic also proved to be as riveting a fiction Riveting yes, but still, it s not the same Tolstoy many have come to know and love It all takes place on a train, where, after overhearing a conversation about marriage, the narrator listens as a nervous, almost demented fellow passenger, Pozdnyshev, begins to tell him the story of how he killed his wife The crime becomes almost incidental as he rails against jealousy, the evils of sexual love, and the wiles of women.The narrative is firmly rooted in Tolstoy s later in life anti sex opinions, where he started to believe that sexual intimacy was actually the work of the devil, where desire would only end in destruction His views could be seen as venomous, encouraging repression and limiting the ecstasy people are able to gain from life and love He does raise thought provoking questions on Christianity and marriage, but the story itself was lacking a spark, and didn t carry any of the old Tolstoy magic from other novels Although well written, I found it a little depressing, and the social issues he writes about is done in a rather cold manner Over all a decent enough read, but it never left a lasting impression on me when comparing to some of his other work

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    I am only wondering why I did not end up reading this earlier It s an excellent masterpiece of a work, keeping aside all the criticisms, reasons why this was banned in early 19th century, etc This is a must read for all.A novella that tells a lot about the kind of person the author was or perhaps, maybe was not Review to follow

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    Well that was disturbing Not what I was expecting from Tolstoy It was the ramblings of a psychopath, which Tolstoy portrayed with way to much energy And I understand he used an actual event with his wife and a musician as the basis for this story Scary I don t know enough about Tolstoy to know his views on romance, marriage, sex, etc to make judgement s, but the views expressed and acted out by the protagonist were, as I said at the beginning, very disturbing.

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