Count Leo Tolstoy is best known for "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina", commonly regarded as amongst the greatest novels ever written. He also, however, wrote many masterly short stories, and this volume contains four of the longest and best in distinguished translations that have stood the test of time.
In the early story "Family Happiness", Tolstoy explores the subject of courtship and marriage from the point of view of a young wife; in "The Kreutzer Sonata" he gives us a terrifying study of marital breakdown; in "The Devil", he depicts the powerful pressures of sexual temptation; and in perhaps the finest of all, "The Death of Ivan llyich", he portrays the long agony of a man gradually coming to terms with his own mortality.
This volume also includes an Introduction and Notes written specially for this Wordsworth edition by Dr Tim Cook, formerly lecturer in literature at the Universities of Kingston and Ulster. Previous work contributed by Dr Cook for Wordsworth includes n introduction and notes to Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby.
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