Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

CONTENTS

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pp. v-vi

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FOREWORD

Marilyn Atlas

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pp. vii-x

Today, it is not always clear why we should study Leo Tolstoy, a privileged nineteenth-century count who in later life rejected the value of fiction even though he kept on writing it, who lived one way and preached another, a writer most of us can only read in translation. The answer is simple: Tolstoy has much to teach us...

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PREFACE

Aylmer Maude

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pp. xi-xviii

It is quite common for Russian peasants to bear the names of Greek philosophers or writers, and Polycarp, in its Russianized form of Polikey, was no unusual name for a serf. When, as in the title of the first story in this book, the name assumes the form of...

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POLIKOÚSHKA; OR, IN THE DAYS OF SERFDOM

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pp. 1-114

"JUST as you please to order, madam! Only it would be a pity if it's the Doutlofs. They're all good fellows, and one of them must go if we don't send at least one of the domestic serfs," said the steward," As it is, everyone is hinting at them. . . . But it's just as you please, madam!" And he placed his...

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A PRAYER

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pp. 115-126

"No, no, no! It can't be, Doctor! Surely something can be done? Why do neither of you speak?" said a young mother, as with long, firm steps she came out of the nursery, where her three-year-old child, her first and only son, lay dying of water on the brain. Her husband and the doctor, who had been talking together in...

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KORNÉY VASÍLYEF

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pp. 127-158

KORNEY VASILYEF was fifty-four when he had last visited his village. There was no grey to be seen in his thick curly hair, and his black beard was only a little grizzly at the cheek-bones. His face was smooth and ruddy, the nape of his neck broad and firm, and his whole strong body padded with fat as a result of town life and good fare.

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STRAWBERRIES

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pp. 159-180

IT was June, and the weather was hot and still. In the forest the foliage was thick, sappy and green, and only rarely did a yellow leaf fall here and there from a birch or a lime-tree. The wildrose bushes were covered with sweet blossoms; and the forest glades were a mass of honey-scented...

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WHY?

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pp. 181-225

IN the spring of 1830 Pan Jaczewski, at his family estate of Rozdnka, received a visit from Joseph Migourski, the only son of a deceased friend. Jaczewski, a patriot of the days of the second partition of Poland, was a broad-browed, broad-shouldered, broad-chested man of sixty-five...

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GOD'S WAY AND MAN'S

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pp. 226-292

IT happened in Russia in the 'seventies, when the struggle between the Revolutionists and the Government was at its height. The General-Governor of a district in South Russia, a healthy-looking German with drooping moustaches...