Master and Man

Master and Man

by Leo Tolstoy

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Overview

This classic short tale from one of the greatest writers of the 19th century is a parable about the relationship between master and servant, the terrible power of nature, and an encounter with death that saves one man's life and another's soul.

Landowner Vassili Andreyich and one of his peasants, Nikita, embark on a trip to a neighboring village on business on the eve of a holiday festival. But bad weather strikes and leaves them stranded in the wilderness... and challenges everything they know about themselves and each other.

This classic 1895 story, translated by HENRY BERGEN (b. 1873), will delight and move fans of Tolstoy's, and of all great literature.


Russian writer COUNT LEV ("LEO") NIKOLAYEVICH TOLSTOY (1828-1910) is best known for his novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789389364286
Publisher: Prince Classics
Publication date: 07/07/2019
Pages: 86
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828 - 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. Born to an aristocratic Russian family in 1828, he is best known for the novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction. He first achieved literary acclaim in his twenties with his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Childhood, Boyhood and Youth (1852-1856) and Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based upon his experiences in the Crimean War. Tolstoy's fiction includes dozens of short stories and several novellas such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Family Happiness, and Hadji Murad. He also wrote plays and numerous philosophical essays. In the 1870s Tolstoy experienced a profound moral crisis, followed by what he regarded as an equally profound spiritual awakening, as outlined in his non-fiction work A Confession. His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him to become a fervent Christian anarchist and pacifist. Tolstoy's ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal 20th-century figures as Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and James Bevel. Tolstoy also became a dedicated advocate of Georgism, the economic philosophy of Henry George, which he incorporated into his writing, particularly Resurrection.

Aylmer Maude (1858 - 1938) and Louise Maude (1855-1939) were English translators of Leo Tolstoy's works and Aylmer Maude also wrote his friend Tolstoy's biography. After living many years in Russia the Maudes spent the rest of their life in England translating Tolstoy's writing and promoting public interest in his work. Aylmer Maude was also involved in a number of early 20th century progressive and idealistic causes.

Aylmer Maude (1858 - 1938) and Louise Maude (1855-1939) were English translators of Leo Tolstoy's works and Aylmer Maude also wrote his friend Tolstoy's biography. After living many years in Russia the Maudes spent the rest of their life in England translating Tolstoy's writing and promoting public interest in his work. Aylmer Maude was also involved in a number of early 20th century progressive and idealistic causes.

Date of Birth:

September 9, 1828

Date of Death:

November 20, 1910

Place of Birth:

Tula Province, Russia

Place of Death:

Astapovo, Russia

Education:

Privately educated by French and German tutors; attended the University of Kazan, 1844-47

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Master and Man; Abbreviations; Notes; Vocabulary.

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Master and Man 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rich story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good free edition, very worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first story by Tolstoy and as a previous reviewer said it is thought provoking. I could not put this short story down. Amazing how he got into the mind of the men at the end of their lives and showed heir happiness and regret.
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Great free short shory and my first read by this particular author. This short story brings the reader the insight between a rich power hungry master and a dedicated poor servant. What is typical in relation to the "I am better than you" mindset by the master, takes an interesting twist due to a snowstorm. Derek D
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patches_mcmatt More than 1 year ago
I read this short story this morning to pass some time and after finishing, I haven't thought much about it since. It was nice to see the rich, greedy idiot "master" seem to accept his wrongdoings just before dying, but meh, what good does it do then? Glad Nikita survived the cold, though. When I first thought that both the men and the horse, too, had succumbed to the cold, I thought to myself "seriously? this is lame." Even so, after the peasants found them the next morning and found Nikita alive, the rest of Nikita's life passes by in just a few short paragraphs. All in all, I wasn't too impressed with this short story. I gave it two stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good for class discussion.