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It includes A Confession and other pieces in which he expressed his unorthodox version of Christianity, which eventually led to his excommunication by the Church. Here too are essays championing social justice, pacifism and various moral causes, including 'The First Step', a defense of vegetarianism; writings on aesthetic issues — such as 'What is Art?
Together these pieces show the force and fervour of Tolstoy's late writing to the full, shedding new light on his life and work during the last three decades. This volume is edited by Jay Parini, author of The Last Station: A Novel of Tolstoy's Final Year, with an introduction placing the works of Tolstoy's final decades in their biographical and literary context. Over the next fifteen years they had thirteen children and Tolstoy managed his vast estates in the Volga Steppes, continued his educational projects, cared for his peasants and wrote War and Peace and Anna Karenina A Confession marked a spiritual crisis in his life.
In he was excommuincated by the Russian Holy Synod. He died in , in the course of a dramamtic flight from home, at the small railway station of Astapovo.
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Published By. George Rapall Noyes. Summary It's There's much crammed into this little volume. More options. What emerged is a man committed to justice, who forsook his birthright to bring about a new world. The Essential Nietzsche.
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