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by Leo Tolstoy

Despite his success with works such as "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina," Leo Tolstoy, at age 51, looked back on his life and considered himself a failure. "A Confession" provides valuable insight into Tolstoy's thoughts and ideas as his later philosophical ideas began to evolve and change. "A Confession" was first published in 1884.
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ISBN: 1557427437
ISBN13: 978-1557427434
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Language: English
Publisher: World Library Classics (August 23, 2009)
Pages: 60 pages
ePUB size: 1931 kb
FB2 size: 1275 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 384
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I read this while oscillating between growth and strength post difficult relationship, and staying stuck in the existentialist crisis I was thrust.
It resonates with any modern reader seeking wisdom about the here and now and tackles the question we often ask, “why are we here?”
I love the rawness with which Tolstoy confesses he was just as lost as we all will get at some point in our suffering lives.
And that through his quest for faith through reason, logic and pragmatic she eventually was capable of taking a “leap” away from his contemptuous thoughts and into a new realm.
His conclusion with a literal dream that brings him comfort is icing on the cake for me. I myself, an avid dreamer, identify with his lucid recall to wakefulness.
Rolling Flipper
This brief read is a labyrinthine journey into Tolstoy’s struggles to find meaning in life, a reason to live, and the possibility of a God behind it all. His keen insights into his own doubts and nihilism are especially sharp, and my favorite part of the book. Here is a thinker who finally faces his own fundamental fears. In the end, I would have wished for a better religious resolution for him, a firmer hope in the only hope we have—in Christ and his undeserved grace.
Light out of Fildon
As another reviewer said:
"The Aegypan (hardcover) edition of this book is a scandal and should not be on the market: almost every page boasts its typo -- most are harmless, but some, such as "whore" instead of "shore," leave one breathless."

The same is absolutely true of the Aegypan paperback.

Save your $$$ - buy another version - not that one! The typos are awful. Totally distracting and an insult to both Tolstoy and the reader. (I'm here on Amazon buying a replacement for that awful version of a truly great book!)
Whilst reading the Aegypan Press's publishing of "A Confession" I realized it was in large print, had numerous editing errors (I counted 50), and did not provide any copyright information. For a short ESSAY, the publishing caliber of this book is abominable. I am an avid reader but had I been just graduating from the 5th grade, I could have done a better editing job than this. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!
To buy this version of Tolstoy's "A Confession" would be to disgrace one of the most lucid and personal essay's in literature. I strongly recommend investing in this book published by another press. The afterword, containing Tolstoy's dream is a poignantly intimate and yet applicable summation of his struggle to find meaning and rest for life - a passage that has the beauty of poetry and one that will stay with me forever.
Outstanding book. Tolstoy brilliantly articulates his journey out of the bubble of privilege to the sea of salvation occupied by the masses. Very strong writing about a man's personal Christian journey. Highly recommended.
Tolstoy, one of the world's great writers, explaining why and how he tried to understand Christianity.
I wish I would have read the reviews. This publisher is absolutely awful, as others have mentioned, many many editing errors. The content is excellent, of course, but I lost track after 10 spelling, capitalization, and other errors in the first ten pages. I highly recommend you to buy a different edition of this book.
This is a horrific translation of a great book that stands in the tradition of St. Augustine and Rosseau. What makes Tolstoy so incredible is that he displayed contradictory tendencies (that he admits). For example, he is a Count, a member of the landed aristocracy which tolerated slavery amd serfdom almost twice as long as in the United States and Tolstoy was appalled by what he witnessed. He was really the first major ewar correspondent (read his writings

and he wrote lovingly and compassionately about the Cossaks, a fiercely independent people, Muslims Hadji Murad which you can find in this wonderful collection of works:

The other problem with this edition is that:
a) there is no introduction that provides the reader with a sense of perspective about the significance of this work within Tolstoy's body of works on secular and religious themes, all of which deal with the varieties of love and affection and how social mores and social institutions either betray what is necessary for a well-ordered society or for the flourishing of a particular indfividual whose ambitions and desires have been brutally crushed so much so that she enters the world of social death which does in fact, inexorably, lead to the most stigmatized form of death: suicide (e.g. Anna Karenina);

b) there are no notes that explain the context of his arguments (and this is problematic for Tolstoy's might reasonably be called a forerunner of the "Social Gospel" tradition that was to gain in its ascendancy through Rauschenbusch at Rochester-Crozier Theological Seminary in Rochester NY where Dr. Dr. Martin Luther King received his seminary training and was influenced by a Christianity that was engaged with the plight of condition of society as a whole and the most disadvantaged in particular. (It should be no coincidence that MLK was assassinated when he was about to lead a massive labor strike of sanitation workers which would strike at the core of the economic system f the United States/ Political elites recognized quite early that legal equality and political voting rights lose their efficacy in systems of interlocking, institutional financial power and concentrated wealth among transnational corporations treated as people).

c. Tolstoy's other religious writings and commentaries (questions in search of an answer to Luke 3:10 which essentially asks Christians what is their spiritual and moral obligation to assist those in dire need).

d. I also think that insufficient effort has been devoted to trying to discover whether Tolstoy's admirable and morally serious empathy for the plight of the diverse inhabitants who are considered Russian (from the "old Believers to the reformist Russian Orthodox Church to the Russians in the Far East ig of Vladivostok which borders the Korean peninsula) offers a viable solution (or even the possibility of hope) to the series of existential crises emanating from moral rage which is partly conceived by addictions that had the intensity to create a totalizing disenchantment with the world as it is and thereby insisting upon relinquishment of any hope for humanity's redemption (or a future, approximate, partial, incomplete process of Resurrection, the self-named title of Tolstoy's last major novel written when he was 80 years old). that characterize many of the works of Dostoevsky, especially his phenomenal book that is largely autobiographical and describes life in a Siberian penal camp long before the West seized upon these "gulags" as Cold War propaganda, "Memoirs from the House of the Dead":

When one considers the raw, existential power of such works by Dostoevsky, then we may ask whether Tolstoy offers a compelling answer in his spiritual writings, chiefly his Confession and his version of systematic theology render accessible for mass consumption through elegant prose and aptly entitled, "The Kingdom of God is Within You":

Tolstoy, like most great people was complex, incapable of fidelity to his beliefs and loyalty in his relationships. This is no way diminishes his stature; it merely serves as an important reminder that he was human and therefore subject to temptations of the flesh and emotional outbursts and an extensive list of moral limitations that have been explained wonderfully in what I consider the best biography of Tolstoy available in English:

So, any edition of Leo Tolsty's Confession needs to have fewer than 50 spelling and grammatical errors in a 60 page book(!) and must situate this text within the genre of autobiographies and also attempt to provide the literary context of the Confession with the corpus of Tolstoy's shorter writings (many semi-autobiographical) than his justly famous mammoth works, War & Peace and Anna Karenina.

Much more can be said but I hope that these comments will provide a starting point for a discussion on the need for a much better edition of Tolstoy's Confession (and even the Penguin classics edition of A Confession & Other Spiritual Writings is now much too dated:

I welcome your thoughts about anything I wrote or failed to mention.