These short stories make up a valuable thesis about the absurdity of war. But that stance against violence would not clash with his anarchism, which aimed directly at the Government and the Church in his country. It is impossible for him to drive himself propertly in reality, which means a new and revealing break for him. That, of course, does not make Tolstoy … It appeared with the name of history of my childhood and in this one he emphasize the pages dedicated to his deceased mother and to the first bonds that established in Yásnaia Polania, the familiar cottage where he was born, time that would turn it, in equal parts, into a introspective and vehement man. Childhood (St. Petersburg, 1852) After reading Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Representation, Tolstoy gradually became converted to the ascetic morality upheld in that work as the proper spiritual path for the upper classes. Often darkly captivating and terrifyingly engrossing, this artistic novella also develops Tolstoy’s exploration of philosophy and the redeeming salvation of Christianity – the same exploration that led to his excommunication from the Russian Orthodox Church. When Nicolás enters the Moscow University, those ideals that are supposed to guide his behavior end up exploding in his hands. In 1873, Tolstoy set to work on the second of his best-known novels, Anna Karenina. It was Tolstoy’s unwavering belief in ‘turning the other cheek’ which, in actual fact, led this book to be banned in Russia since its message was deemed a threat to the Church and to the State. The autobiographical A Confession is a painfully frank and extraordinarily honest account of this troubling time, and narrates his journey from deep moral crisis to his subsequent spiritual reawakening. Many of the events related throughout these three short ‘sketches’ were the forerunners to episodes narrated in War and Peace, so read it first to dip your toes into the somewhat overwhelming waters. It begins with his arrival at the station of Sebastopol in December of 1854 and his first observations already emphasize the moral misery that he finds, besides the vision of mutilated and dying people, which will get worse with the passing of the months. Based on their own experiences, this short novel is not free of conflicts, the armed and the amorous. Partly biographical, the story has its roots in Tolstoy’s own military experiences towards the later stages of the Caucasian War, but the fictional tale of the Russian aristocrat who falls in love with a Cossack girl has many parallels with Anna Karenina. War and peace assures him a pulpit from which he would be heard with interest by his contemporaries. When in 1844 he entered the university, he would only graduate from libertine and player. Following the lives of a network of aristocratic Russian families at the time of Napoleon’s invasion, War and Peace was greatly influenced by the battle scenes in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. Another of Tolstoy’s celebrated novellas, The Death of Ivan Ilyich treats the sensitive theme of death and dying, when the high court judge and protagonist Ilyich is confronted, for the first time, with his inevitable and inescapable mortality. This masterpiece of Russian literature should not, however, be avoided lightly, as any who undertake this apparently mammoth task are sure to reap the abundant rewards buried within the pages of the dauntingly epic novel. 1986). The year after this photo was taken, the writer began work on his epic novel War And Peace, which would take him six years to complete. Leo Tolstoy at the Internet Book List; Online project ( to create open digital version of 90 volumes of Tolstoy works; Leo Tolstoy on IMDb "Tolstoy", BBC Radio 4 discussion with A.N.