The Kreutzer Sonata

The Kreutzer Sonata 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 Kre

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 1890, The Kreutzer Sonata illuminates Tolstoy s then feverish Christian ideals, his conflicts with lust and the hypocrisies of nineteenth century marriage, and his thinking on the role ofWhen 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 1890, The Kreutzer Sonata illuminates Tolstoy s then feverish Christian ideals, his conflicts with lust and the hypocrisies of nineteenth century marriage, and his thinking on the role of art and music in society.In 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

  1. 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 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 1870s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformer.His 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.

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  1. 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 [...]

  2. 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 [...]

  3. Es evidente que Tolstoi atravesaba una crisis que abarcaba lo matrimonial, lo tico y lo religioso cuando escribi este libro, dado que todas las ideas que l tiene claramente ordenadas en la cabeza repito en ese momento de su vida las plasma en la mente del verdadero narrador principal de la historia que es Pozdnishev y no el supuesto personaje que sube al tren y se mezcla en una acalorada discusi n los pasajeros que se encuentran en ese vag n.Se nota tambi n que la historia es demasiado fuerte pa [...]

  4. I read this after finishing Sofia Tolstoy s wonderful diaries because the theme of The Kreutzer Sonata so exactly mirrored an episode in her life when her husband became jealous of a musician friend of hers and of the hours they spent playing music together That real life episode 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 Anna Karenina to the fundamentalist Tolstoy who wrote this novella However, [...]

  5. 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.

  6. 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 Curta [...]

  7. Well that was a short, sharp burst of Tolstoy all wrapped up in the pleasingly presented package that is the Great Loves series by Penguin Constrained to the length of a train journey, two men sharing a carriage also share a secret One explains to the other how you can be transformed from ardent lover to cold blooded killer within a few short years of marriage So how does one make the smooth transition from Don Juan to homicidal maniac There are some fairly sexist, misogynist and antiquated view [...]

  8. The novella is a rant, defuse, spending its building rage in scattered directions, assaulting the numerous morbid absurdities in society, life The aim alters under its own force returning to victims already slain or contradicting what has been said A delirious but tepid Underground Man But why This is Tolstoy It being Tolstoy is part of the problem I found no way to read this story without being confined by the Master s presence, his iconic reflection The tension that this must be a strategy gre [...]

  9. During a train ride a conversation ensues between passengers concerning love and a woman s right to marry for love Overhearing another man, joins in, full of bitterness and anguish, he recounts the events that led to his irreversible act There is so much anger in this novel about the expectations between the sexes Quite a dark story, but somehow fascinating as well Common themes in Tolstoy s novels, marriages that end badly, differences between the sexes and what it can lead to Not my favorite b [...]

  10. This must be the most disturbing view of love, sex and marriage I ve come across in classical literature I wish Tolstoy in his time had an opportunity to explore his feelings about his sexuality with a good psychotherapist According to him, sex is vile and degrading, being sexually attracted to even one s spouse is disgusting, having sex for any reason other than procreation is disgusting, women are disgusting objects of men s disgusting desires Every person s life goal should be chastity and ab [...]

  11. Inquietudine ed incanto sono le opposte sensazioni che lascia la lettura di questo romanzo breve di Tolstoj Un opera che va contestualizzata per capirne la portata quasi rivoluzionaria per l epoca Tolstoj la scrisse in un tardo periodo della sua produzione letteraria, dopo una intensa crisi spirituale che sfoci nella sua adesione esaltata ad un cristianesimo evangelico Lui la defin la sua rigenerazione morale Per la scabrosit degli argomenti , sorprendenti per l epoca, lo scrittore ebbe molti pr [...]

  12. Pergunte a uma mulher qual prefer vel, passar por mentirosa ou parecer mal arranjadaEla preferir a primeira alternativa p g21 Desde que um homem se aproxima de uma mulher, deixa se influenciar pelos seus sortil gios e torna se louco p g.26 A paix o sexual, qualquer que seja o cen rio que a envolva, um mal horr vel que preciso combater e n o encorajar No fundo de mim borbulhava continuamente um dio hediondo Odiava a por tudo, porque levava a colher boca, porque sorvia o ch , porque balan ava a po [...]

  13. Sonata Kreutzer mi pare a fi scrierea cheie din literatura universal care relateaz cu lux de am nunte ntr un singur plan narativ, orientat pe o singur idee metamorfozele geloziei masculine n nuvel , interesant mi s a p rut aspectul des nt lnit de mine n toate genurile literare din literatur universal conform c ruia b rbatul, printr un fals ra ionament, caut mai nt i s impun o concluzie, iar apoi caut nebune te anumite premise care s o nt reasc , el fiind n mod practic de neclintit E imposibil s [...]

  14. Amarsi per tutta la vita come sostenere che una candela rester accesa tutta la vitaNon mi soffermo sulle farneticazioni religiose e ascetiche quasi fondamentaliste di Tolstoj, che parlano da sole Ai grandi si possono perdonare assurdit di questa fattezza.Come non apprezzare invece la descrizione meticolosa e veritiera dei sentimenti connessi alla fine dell a nel matrimonio, ai litigi, al senso di repulsione che pu subentrare quando i due non si sopportano pi e della gelosia, che si insinua nella [...]

  15. I drew my conclusions about this novella prior to reading Tolstoy s Afterword In the Afterword, he reveals his intended messages for the book and also reveals himself to be a serious headcase I waited until I d finished the book before reading Doris Lessing s introduction about Tolstoy s life He was a total hypocrite, making demands on his wife that were entirely at odds with the ideal he promotes in the Afterword But no matter My rating is based on my experience of the story What I got from it [...]

  16. dove si appura che il bonus di upgrading creativo post conversione religiosa, se l era giocato tutto alessandro manzoni una cinquantina d anni prima, con la versione definitiva dei suoi PS questa storia russa di sposi non promessi ma navigati, per tutta la prima met e oltre prevale invece la visione cupa e ossessiva che tolstoj arriv ad avere dei rapporti umani vieppi col genere femminile, dopo che con sonja aveva ingaggiato quel m nage tipo guerra dei roses.pozdny ev un personaggio, certo, ma p [...]

  17. Though I do not agree with all the arguments which Tolstoy s protagonist raises, I think this novella is very well written and has many controversial opinions on sex, marriage, love etc I give this one 4.5 5 stars because it asks many important questions though it might not answer everything perfectly as some of the readers would prefer it to Tolstoy might have been in great anguish and frustration when he wrote this one as it is filled with anger and cynicism Read at your own risk It might chan [...]

  18. Disbelief That is what I felt as I read this book These are the ramblings of a twisted mind and a tortured soul It is dripping with confusion and contradictions, oozing frustration and self loathing, seething with anger and jealousy It is no wonder that the relationship portrayed in this story ended in murder How tragic How horrifying How realistic

  19. This story is a bit bonkers It s a somewhat feverish account of one man s jealousy culminating in the murder of his wife It s not exactly a sex positive tale, what with all evils being laid at the feet of sexual desire, but it is a surprisingly compelling read nonetheless

  20. Un viaggio in treno, si sa, pu dare l occasione di scambiare qualche parola con sconosciuti e casuali compagni di viaggio La monotonia del viaggio, accompagnata dall incessante sferragliare del treno, si pu rivelare l adeguata cornice a conversazioni che, trasformandosi in vere e proprie discussioni, si animano sempre pi , come si fa a vivere con una persona quando non c l a A e matrimonio sono oggetto di diverbio tra una donna ed un vecchio mercante e quando lei perentoria sentenzier solo l a c [...]

  21. Scene ferroviarie da un matrimonio russo e proprietari terrieri ossessionati, e monaci ascetici Avvertenza un po come il racconto, anche il commento a un certo punto degeneraDurante un viaggio in treno non l Orient Express, pi sul genere accelerato Kazan Dnepropetrovsk , due persone iniziano a conversare La conversazione diventa un monologo Il passeggero racconta la sua storia di uxoricida per causa d onore, assolto con formula piena ma piuttosto segnato dall esperienza la moglie, a occhio e cro [...]

  22. Son d nemde kitaplarda ns z olay n n biraz r ndan kt n d nmekteyim O kadar uzun ve y nlendirici yaz lmaya ba land ki, ns z yazmaya bile utan r oldular Ger ekten ncelikli bir bilgi vermesi gerekiyorsa veya kitab n yaz ld d nem orijinalleriyle g rseller sunuluyorsa bknz ileti im klasikleri g rselleri okur i in etkili olabiliyor Kroy er Sonat, Beto nun Keman ve Piano e likli Presto bir giri e sahip olan incelikli eseridir B yle olumsuz an lan bir eserin ad n ta yor olmas da ayr bir ironi konusu olm [...]

  23. Leo ed Henri culo e camiciaNonostante questo libro continui a non piacermi un granch , ci sono validi motivi per leggerlo, oltre naturalmente al fatto che la vostra amica Noce Moscata l abbia letto e quindi anche voi vorrete fare altrettanto vero A Stilisticamente parlando, Tolstoj avrebbe scritto bene anche col delirium tremens o con una pistola puntata alla testa B Inizia con una normale e casuale conversazione in treno Normale un par de palle L ultima volta che ho preso il treno era quello Fi [...]

  24. I will admit, since it suggests something about this one s clarity readability and the effectiveness of its short chapters, that I read this under blankets with a cat in my lap on a sleepy January Saturday spent watching the riveting NFL divisional playoff games almost on mute the double OT Broncos Ravens game was an epic worthy of Tolstoy, although this late style gripping polemical narrative essay of course didn t meet the seven star standards set by Leo s masterpieces Like Zwieg s Chess Story [...]

  25. Praised by many as Tolstoy s best short story or novella, really I m shocked that I ve never read this until now, if only for the reason that Tolstoy s best inevitably means one of the best novellas ever written And The Kreutzer Sonata is definitely that it s also one of the beginning texts of existentialist literature, and I can imagine Camus and even Proust reading this with relish In a mere hundred or so pages, Tolstoy attacks everything the oppressive system of gender inequality the class sy [...]

  26. This novella is a great character portrait and presents a downward spiral into murderous jealousy The writing is great and I did enjoy it despite the sexism, outdatedness and the anti sex stance Pozdnyshev is by no means justified in his violence, nor is he excused, but Tolstoy genuinely believed that only men liked sex and therefore abstinence is the best way for a man to respect a woman and be a virtuous man This old school anarchist Christian attitude is what makes most of Tolstoy s later sto [...]

  27. Le queda algo por criticar a Tolstoi en esta novela He le do que todas sus novelas tienen algo de autobiogr fico, pero espero que no tenga todos estos pensamientos porque si no, de ahora en adelante, le odiar.No me extra a que Sonata a Kreutzer fuese censurada en su poca Primero porque habla de sexo y deseo sexual sin tapujos y en esos a os no se atrev an a hacerlo y segundo porque puede meter ideas descabelladas en las mentes d biles ASESINATOOOO He odiado que ponga a las mujeres de est pidas, [...]

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