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Translator's Preface

The Kreutzer Sonata

Lesson of "The Kreutzer Sonata"

Ivan The Fool

A Lost Opportunity


The Candle

Leo Tolstoy Biography


The Kreutzer Sonata is a novella by Leo Tolstoy, published in 1889 and promptly censored by the Russian authorities. The work is an argument for the ideal of sexual abstinence and an in-depth first-person description of jealous rage. The main character, Pozdnyshev, relates the events leading up to his killing his wife; in his analysis, the root cause for the deed were the "animal excesses" and "swinish connection" governing the relation between the sexes.

— Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.