In his book, 'Twenty Three tales,' we see Tolstoy's love of the short story, whether for children or adults; and witness the secret of simplicity and transparency of style, so evident in the great Russian writers. The children's stories remind us of Tolstoy's life-long passion for the schooling and education of peasant children. Of the adult stories, some draw on traditional Russian folk tales, breathe the air old peasant wisdom, and take us deep into the land of snow, bears, heartache and vodka. Other stories reflect Tolstoy's political and moral concerns, such as war, alcohol and greed. 'The artist of the future,' wrote Tolstoy, 'will understand that to compose a fairy tale; a little song which will touch; a lullaby or a riddle which will entertain; a jest which will amuse or draw a sketch such as will delight dozens of generations or millions of children and adults, is incomparably more important and more fruitful than to compose a novel, or a symphony, or paint a picture of the kind which diverts some members of the wealthy classes for a short time and is then for ever forgotten.
The region of this art of the simplest feelings accessible to all is enormous, and it is as yet almost untouched.'
PREFACE CHAPTER I: TALES FOR CHILDREN. 1. GOD SEES THE TRUTH, BUT WAITS 2. A PRISONER IN THE CAUCASUS 3. THE BEAR HUNT. CHAPTER 2: POPULAR STORIES. 4. WHAT MEN LIVE BY. 5. A SPARK NEGLECTED BURNS THE HOUSE. 6. TWO OLD MEN. 7. WHERE LOVE IS, GOD IS. CHAPTER 3: A FAIRY TALE. 8. THE STORY OF IV N THE FOOL. CHAPTER 4: STORIES WRITTEN TO PICTURES. 9. EVIL ALLURES, BUT GOOD ENDURES. 10. LITTLE GIRLS WISER THAN MEN. 11. ELI S. CHAPTER 5: FOLK-TALES RETOLD. 12. THE THREE HERMITS. 13. THE IMP AND THE CRUST. 14. HOW MUCH LAND DOES A MAN NEED? 15. A GRAIN AS BIG AS A HEN'S EGG. 16. THE GODSON. 17. THE REPENTANT SINNER. 18. THE EMPTY DRUM. CHAPTER 6: ADAPTATIONS FROM THE FRENCH. 19. THE COFFEE HOUSE OF SURAT. 20. TOO DEAR. CHAPTER 7: STORIES GIVEN TO AID THE PERSECUTED JEWS. 21. ESARHADDON, KING OF ASSYRIA. 22. WORK, DEATH AND SICKNESS. 23. THREE QUESTIONS.
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st March 2010
Publisher: White Crow Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0
Weight (kg): 0.43