What to Read: "Resurrection" by Leo Tolstoy

Trianglepublishing The Life of Leo Tolstoy "Resurrection" was the third long novel written by Leo Tolstoy, a prominent Russian writer and thinker. "Voskreseniye" ("Resurrection") was published in 1899, after completing "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina", the two novels Leo Tolstoy is famous for. The third novel was written during the period of time when Tolstoy was "enlightened" (and extremely dogmatic) about the social and political injustice of the society. He clearly saw lots of atrocities and sins around and considered it his duty to point to them.

The main character of the novel "Voskreseniye" ("Resurrection") is the idle aristocrat Dmitry Nekhlyudov who is in search for "the meaning of life". During the hearing in the court he, a member of the jury, recognizes Katyusha Maslova, the defendant, who became the prostitute after Nekhlyudov had seduced her. Maslova was sentenced to imprisonment in Siberia, and he follows her and proposes to marry her. Maslova refuses remarking that at first he got his pleasure from her, and now he wanted to get his salvation from her. At the end of the novel, Nekhlyudov achieves spiritual enlightenment and understands the futility of judging others.

The novel is centered on Nekhlyudov's moral transformation and personal spiritual salvation. In his efforts to reform his life Nekhlyudov tries to set free a wrongly-convicted prisoner. He encounters with human cruelty and abuse of power, seeing the flaws of the Russian justice system. Trianglepublishing Illustration for The Novel "Resurrection" In the book, Tolstoy criticizes human vanity, as well as undermines the importance of rank and function. In the end of the book the hero realizes that the system is organized such that grievous wrong is "nobody's fault".

Leo Tolstoy or Tolstoi, Russian in full Lev Nikolayevich, Graf (count) Tolstoy was born August 28 [September 9, New Style], 1828, in Yasnaya Polyana, Tula province, Russian Empire. The Russian writer is an award-winning master of realistic fiction and one of the greatest novelists in the world.

Tolstoy has gained worldwide fame primarily for his two longest works, "War and Peace" (186569) and "Anna Karenina" (187577), which are considered some of the finest novels ever written. Tolstoy is also known as a master of novella with his "The Death of Ivan Ilyich" (1886) considered one of the best in the genre. During the last three decades of his life Tolstoy became a prominent moral and religious teacher. For example, his belief that evil should not be resisted had a great impact on Gandhi. In the history of the world's literature Tolstoy is revered as one of the most prominent writers who ever lived and a living symbol of the quest for the meaning of life.

In 1910 Tolstoy left his family estate Yasnaya Polyana, accompanied by his daughter Aleksandra and his doctor. Soon he got pneumonia and on November 7 died of heart failure at the railroad station of Astapovo, Ryazan province.

Unlike Dostoyevsky, who was a great master of revealing unconscious processes, Tolstoy skillfully described conscious mental life, exploring various approaches to human experience. His greatest works, "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina", are truly regarded as the best in realist fiction.