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A Confession and Other Religious Writings by Leo Tolstoy


In Leo Tolstoy’s introspective narrative, a renowned writer grapples with existential despair, delving into the depths of his soul’s yearning for spiritual fulfillment amidst the trappings of worldly success.

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In the twilight of introspection and existential inquiry, Leo Tolstoy’s “A Confession” emerges as a poignant testament to the tumultuous depths of the human soul. Through the lens of autobiographical narrative, Tolstoy unveils a landscape of despair and disillusionment, where the trappings of worldly success fail to quench the profound thirst for meaning and purpose.

As Tolstoy grapples with the existential crisis that grips his spirit, readers are drawn into the labyrinthine corridors of his inner turmoil, where the veneer of happiness and prosperity gives way to a profound sense of estrangement from the world. Despite his literary acclaim, his familial obligations, and his material wealth, Tolstoy finds himself adrift in a sea of existential despair, haunted by the gnawing emptiness that pervades his soul.

In “A Confession,” Tolstoy lays bare the raw essence of his existential quandary, as he wrestles with the elusive quest for a “practical religion” that offers solace in the here and now, rather than the promise of future salvation. With unparalleled emotional honesty, he bares his soul to the reader, exposing the depths of his despair and the fervent yearning for transcendence that propels him on his quest.

Through Tolstoy’s introspective journey, readers are invited to confront the universal truths that lie at the heart of the human condition: the fleeting nature of earthly pursuits, the insatiable longing for spiritual fulfillment, and the eternal quest for meaning amidst the chaos of existence. In its pages, “A Confession” stands as a timeless testament to the human capacity for introspection and transcendence, echoing the haunting melodies of Proustian introspection.

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A Confession and Other Religious Writings


Penguin Books Ltd


Leo Tolstoy

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Release date

27 Aug 1987



ISBN/EAN        9780140444735