One of the world's greatest novelists, Leo Tolstoy was also the author of a number of superb short stories, one of his best-known being "The Kreutzer Sonata." This macabre story involves the murder of a wife by her husband. It is a penetrating study of jealousy as well as a piercing complaint about the way in which society educates men and women in matters of sex-a serious condemnation of the mores and attitudes of the wealthy, educated class.
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by Leo Tolstoy
by Leo Tolstoy, Richard F. Gustafson
by H.G. Wells
by David Downing
by George Mann
by Anthony Horowitz
by Ellis Peters
by Minette Walters
"Simon Prebble must summon all of his formidable talents as a narrator to convey the tangled logic and morbid self-loathing of Pozdnyshev, the main character in Leo Tolstoy's 1890 novella. A chance encounter with a stranger aboard a train prompts Pozdnyshev to recount the convoluted history of his marriage while revealing much about the nature of marriage among the landed gentry of his time. Prebble succeeds admirably at presenting Pozdnyshev as both an astute social critic and an overprivileged and slightly unhinged egomaniac who misinterprets everything he sees. Is his wife a long suffering victim or a calculating adulteress? Is he the manipulator or the manipulated? Are his actions justified? Prebble's finely tuned interpretation leaves the answers up to us. L.X. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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