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A Confession ➾ A Confession Free ➵ Author Leo Tolstoy – Buyprobolan50.co.uk At this time I began to write, from vanity, greed, and pride In my writings I did exactly as in life In order to possess the glory and the wealth for whose sake I wrote, it was necessary to conceal th At this time I began to write, from vanity, greed, and pride In my writings I did exactly as in life In order to possess the glory and the wealth for whose sake I wrote, it was necessary to conceal the good, and to display the bad And so I didTolstoy s autobiographical essay is a dissection of his soul, a study of his life s movement away from the religious certainties of youth, and a vital piece of reading which contextualizes the great works he is best known for Marking the point at which his life moved from the worldly to the spiritual, Tolstoy s philosophical reassessment of the Orthodox faith is a work that holds vital spiritual and intellectual importance to this very day.

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  • A Confession
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • English
  • 18 July 2018
  • 1843911906

About the Author: Leo Tolstoy

Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy Russian commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction Many consider Tolstoy to have been one of the world s greatest novelists Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformerHis literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho pacifist His 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 twentieth century figures as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.



10 thoughts on “A Confession

  1. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Meine Beichte A confession and other religious writings, Leo Tolstoy Describing Tolstoy s crisis of depression and estrangement from the world, A Confession 1879 is an autobiographical work of exceptional emotional honesty By the time he was fifty, Tolstoy had already written the novels that would assure him of literary immortality he had a wife, a large estate and numerous children he was a happy man and in good health yet life had lost its meaning In this poignant confes Meine Beichte A confession and other religious writings, Leo Tolstoy Describing Tolstoy s crisis of depression and estrangement from the world, A Confession 1879 is an autobiographical work of exceptional emotional honesty By the time he was fifty, Tolstoy had already written the novels that would assure him of literary immortality he had a wife, a large estate and numerous children he was a happy man and in good health yet life had lost its meaning In this poignant confessional fragment, he records a period of his life when he began to turn away from fiction and aesthetics, and to search instead for a practical religion not promising future bliss, but giving bliss on earth 2013 1328 230 19 1386 167 9789647468947 1392 104 97860068674581386 17 1392

  2. brian brian says:

    in his 50 s, a severely panicked and depressed tolstoy wished for the strength to kill himself, but couldn t do it instead he wrote this book detailing his discovery that life is evil and meaningless the first half is simply astonishing i can t recall reading ahonest description of a life lived under the shadow of the inevitability of death much less from a man who was, at the time, one of the world s most famous people tolstoy s Confession is staggering in its simplicity, which is in his 50 s, a severely panicked and depressed tolstoy wished for the strength to kill himself, but couldn t do it instead he wrote this book detailing his discovery that life is evil and meaningless the first half is simply astonishing i can t recall reading ahonest description of a life lived under the shadow of the inevitability of death much less from a man who was, at the time, one of the world s most famous people tolstoy s Confession is staggering in its simplicity, which is partially the point talk to the scientists, the philosophers, the holy men, and the artists none can give the answers that a slow eight year old couldn t give regarding the answers to the most basic questions why are we here what is the meaning of life in the second section, the bearded coot describes his movement towards religion and, oops , discovery that the church was horribly hypocriticali may disagree with the conclusions tolstoy arrived at, but that s irrelevant truth be told, in this lifetime and this certainly plagued ol leo we ll never know if christopher hitchens or jerry falwell holds the secrets of the universe sigh a sad state of affairs as one seriously afflicted with existential panic myself, it eases the pain, if only a little bit, to read this and know that, at the very least, we re all linked by fear and uncertainty and questionsread this tolstoy s stunning honesty, his acute powers of observation, and obvious skills as a novelist makes this book a classic of sorts

  3. Fergus Fergus says:

    When Tolstoy had a Massive Enlightenment experience in mid age, his illusions were irreparably shattered.He saw clearly now that he had goofed up big time with War and Peace and Anna Karenina, the very blockbusters that had made him a worldwide household name.Like Sartre, the irruption of the Absurd had set his world and his Very Fame on its head And Tolstoy knew he had had it all wrong.For his vision of a happy family was based on a petit bourgeois sham, as Sartre saw Instead of all h When Tolstoy had a Massive Enlightenment experience in mid age, his illusions were irreparably shattered.He saw clearly now that he had goofed up big time with War and Peace and Anna Karenina, the very blockbusters that had made him a worldwide household name.Like Sartre, the irruption of the Absurd had set his world and his Very Fame on its head And Tolstoy knew he had had it all wrong.For his vision of a happy family was based on a petit bourgeois sham, as Sartre saw Instead of all happy families now being the same, as in Anna , all happy families were now just keeping up with appearances And yet pop Christianity puts the nuclear family on a pedestalNo, Tolstoy thought unhappy couples trying to make their marriages WORK are the Happy Ones The Lord does the rest.So, you see, unlike Sartre, Tolstoy had found HOPE It s basic Taoism Work alongside things taking their natural course with a Faith that they ll work out But Tolstoy was a towering Genius, and thus had a Daemon within him that wanted to subvert normal faith So he opposed the national church He supported splinter groups like Canada s immigrant Dukhubors He wreaked merry mayhem in Czarist Russia, and even this whole polite planet was too small for his raging iconoclasm Now, let me ask you if you rifle through the online discussions here on GR any night of the week, whadaya see I ll tell you You see traditionalists opposing modernists You see Hegelian dialectics disturbingly at work, breaking structures down and building New Ones up.You see people speaking their minds.You see Tolstoyan conflicts playing out and resolving themselves.In short, you see PERSONAL GROWTH.Get it Tolstoy NEVER stopped growing And neither should WE, folks.Want a gripping coming of Age autobiography about a great man finally facing off and Coming Clean with HIMSELF And REFUSING to compromise, failing and being laughed at but Always getting up again Read THIS It s beautiful.And it s so US

  4. Mark André Mark André says:

    An interesting little book Unhappy with just being brilliant, famous and wealthy the author narrates the story of his personal quest to find the truth about existence the point to being alive, and the correct way to happiness First he challenges science and philosophy for answers Then he contemplates suicide Then he turns to the simplicity of the animals as he calls them, the peasants in the fields, and turns back to God and the church of his childhood But once there he must challenge the An interesting little book Unhappy with just being brilliant, famous and wealthy the author narrates the story of his personal quest to find the truth about existence the point to being alive, and the correct way to happiness First he challenges science and philosophy for answers Then he contemplates suicide Then he turns to the simplicity of the animals as he calls them, the peasants in the fields, and turns back to God and the church of his childhood But once there he must challenge the authenticity of organized religions manifest intolerances for each other, and decides he must now study all the scriptures, and promises another book which I have not seen A very honest effort

  5. Henk Henk says:

    Tolstoi s struggle with the meaning of life, and his conclusion it s complicatedAn interesting pendant to Anna Karenina you recognize a lot of Ljevin, Vronski and even Anna in Leo Tolstoy his tale about his life and spiritual awakening General a.k.a what s the meaning of life I vividly remember a discussion with some friends during a dinner party, where the topic was the meaning of life Despite it s importance, this proved a hard question, I think living a good life came around but the an Tolstoi s struggle with the meaning of life, and his conclusion it s complicatedAn interesting pendant to Anna Karenina you recognize a lot of Ljevin, Vronski and even Anna in Leo Tolstoy his tale about his life and spiritual awakening General a.k.a what s the meaning of life I vividly remember a discussion with some friends during a dinner party, where the topic was the meaning of life Despite it s importance, this proved a hard question, I think living a good life came around but the answer I most remember was a rather shocking but biologically correct to reproduce from a girl Tolstoy takes the same question eloquently on in his A Confession.Is this all there is The book is chatty, quite easy to read despite a heavy subject.The mismatch between material and spiritual fulfillment seems to be the start of Tolstoy his search, which is quite similar to what Ljevin goes through in Anna Karenina.Interesting in this first part is he says he committed murder and rape, I presume this is hyperbole, but the feeling of What s next Is this all there is is clear and feels very modern.Basically that s what drives Tolstoi to write this, after he asserts that being afamous writer than William Shakespeare does not give him true satisfaction.Tolstoy takes then takes on the corrupting power of money and success, the irritation of all debates and discussion in the educated classes is also recognisable for any reader of Anna Karenina.The thoughts of suicide that we also see with Anna, Vronski and Ljevin, clearly stems from the struggles of Tolstoi with this topic he strikes me as rather depressed.Chapter 6 for instance is really full on anti natalist An epiphany leading to religiousnessAnd then, after a reversion to old certainties i.e religion when science and progress can t give new ones that pass scrutiny, we or rather Tolstoy has an epiphany that I find hard to capture but that goes like rationality can t explain the purpose of life and we have always searched for meaning to life with religion, faith in a God can t be wrong since it is universally backed by the continued existence of billions of humans The will to life is the proof of god if I condense it It s a bit like the realisation Doctor Manhattan arrives at in Watchmen and hard to follow for me as a secular modern person.The congruency between life and faith, which is so rare with people of higher class and sophistication according to Tolstoi, is something he starts to strive for Even if people say they are religious they live in a same manner as someone from the high society who isn t But can a farmer who lives a hard, short life of labor not be anything else than truly be religious to be able to live that life Tolstoy admirers their stoicism, a love also clearly coming back in the agricultural scenes in Anna Karenina.He is a bit like Adam and Eve, wishing he could return to innocence And this great Russian writer even wishes that he is a simple, illiterate farmer rather than his own knowing, doubting self.But is this answer really all there is The rift between Church and beliefs then brings him to a rejection of Orthodoxy.The cruelty if Christians killing Christians and others adds to this line of thinking An in the end Tolstoy is left searching and questioning.A deeply personal tale, feeling very human, but also foreshadowing the religious Tolstoy he becomesandlater in life

  6. Piyangie Piyangie says:

    I m not quite sure how to write a review for this nakedly honest disclosure of the mid life spiritual crisis of one of the greatest literary giants This short work really left me stunned and it took some time to quiet my mind enough to pen my thoughts In the first part of the story, Tolstoy explains his frustration which ultimately shapes in to depression over not understanding the meaning of life He resorts to science, philosophy, metaphysics and religious practices to learn the true meani I m not quite sure how to write a review for this nakedly honest disclosure of the mid life spiritual crisis of one of the greatest literary giants This short work really left me stunned and it took some time to quiet my mind enough to pen my thoughts In the first part of the story, Tolstoy explains his frustration which ultimately shapes in to depression over not understanding the meaning of life He resorts to science, philosophy, metaphysics and religious practices to learn the true meaning of life But at every quarter he is disappointed Having not found the clear answer to his question and seeing the suffering and death as inevitable and thinking there is nothing but darkness ahead, he contemplates suicide But although he contemplates suicide, he never attempts at it and calls it cowardly I disagree with him there In very plain words he describes how he avoided every opportunity and every temptation by distancing himself from everything with which he could harm himself The second part of the story describes the methods to which he ultimately resorts to find a comprehensible answer to his question on the meaning of life In this part, Tolstoy describes how the Christian teachings separate from Christian traditional practices of Orthodox Church helped him to answer the question This genuine and honest account was really heart wrenching I just couldn t believe that I was reading the tortured mind of one of the most successful and revered authors of all time This was the literary giant who wrote two great masterpieces that continue to awe its readers And honestly I had a hard time accepting that the same genius mind was tortured to this extent after writing all those great masterpieces At the same time I felt a closeness to him Some years ago, I had a personal crisis in my life that forced me to seek truth in life in order to find solace I m of a different faith, but that is immaterial, for I too resort to my religion guided by faith that it is where the truth lies The quest was similar although the circumstances lead to that quest differed And although Tolstoy stops his account at his chosen path to reach his destination, it is not a secret that he did find comfort and a purpose to live for through his religious convictions Similarly I too found my peace Reading this true account brought some bittersweet memories but in an odd way it brought me comfort too

  7. Hammad Ali Hammad Ali says:

    Love Tolstoy but judging by this book Tolstoy would have made a horrible dinner companion or be really really bad at small talk The fish is really good Tolstoy It is no good deceiving oneself It is all vanity So how was your day Tolstoy Why does everything exist that exists, and why do I exist Because it exists The weather is pretty nice today Tolstoy Surely that question has been asked since man began Overall good book, it has provided me with enough DEEP one liners that I c Love Tolstoy but judging by this book Tolstoy would have made a horrible dinner companion or be really really bad at small talk The fish is really good Tolstoy It is no good deceiving oneself It is all vanity So how was your day Tolstoy Why does everything exist that exists, and why do I exist Because it exists The weather is pretty nice today Tolstoy Surely that question has been asked since man began Overall good book, it has provided me with enough DEEP one liners that I can use to sound smart for the next few years and be that guy who ruins all conversations in a social gathering Seriously though. I felt he ended up repeating a lot of things and then there were other things that I couldn t really comprehend probably due to my slow brain Also he mentions an Eastern fable in the book which is in reality attributed to Ghazali R I found it interesting because he uses the fable to highlight how meaningless life essentially is while Ghazali used it to highlight how our efforts and our quest to fulfill all of our desires in this world are ultimately meaningless because it is the next life that matters.Overall I felt it was the general story of a seeker And followed the format of what other seekers go through while searching for the truth.That is 1 Questioning your inner beliefs and the meaning of your existence.2 Abandoning religion and searching for some meaning in life.3 Being fed up with everything around you, especially the lives of the people around you and how their minds can be possibly so busy with so many meaningless things.4 Contemplating suicide In an extreme case as such in Tolstoy s case 5 Searching for meaning, any sort of meaning that can end this misery of yours and free your soul.6 And lastly if you re lucky and fortunate enough to end up with religion andspecifically to end up with God and the true definition of a moral life Though everyone s journey is different, one example that comes to my mind is of Muhammad Asad He mentions his journey in Road to Mecca Definitely not as miserable as this but there were some similarities Tolstoy s journey heading towards suicide ends with this realization which ultimately saves him I live, really live, only when I feel Him and seek Him Whatdo you seek exclaimed a voice within me This is He He is that without which one cannot live To know God and to live is one and the same thing God is life Live seeking God, and then you will not live without God Andthan ever before, all within me and around me lit up, and the light did not again abandon me And I was saved from suicide

  8. Loretta Loretta says:

    I very much enjoyed this short novel that deals with life s struggles as it pertains with ones beliefs Since I very much enjoy books on religion, spirituality and God, this book hit all the right buttons and then some.I could definitely feel Tolstoy s anguish and agony in trying to figure out the meaning of life I feel we ve all been there at some point in our life.This book probably isn t for everyone but, if you enjoy Tolstoy, then I encourage you to read this short novel and embrace his wor I very much enjoyed this short novel that deals with life s struggles as it pertains with ones beliefs Since I very much enjoy books on religion, spirituality and God, this book hit all the right buttons and then some.I could definitely feel Tolstoy s anguish and agony in trying to figure out the meaning of life I feel we ve all been there at some point in our life.This book probably isn t for everyone but, if you enjoy Tolstoy, then I encourage you to read this short novel and embrace his words.Shout out to my Goodreads friend Piyangie for reading the book and encouraging me to do likewise

  9. Ibrahim choeb Ibrahim choeb says:

    for in much wisdom is much grief, and he that increases his knowledge increases his sorrowMy life came to a standstill I could breathe, eat, drink, and sleep, and I could not help doing these things but there was no life, for there were no wishes the fulfillment of which I could consider reasonable I satisfied my desire or not, nothing would come of it.I could not even wish to know the truth, for I guessed of what it consisted The truth was that life is meaningless I should long ago ha for in much wisdom is much grief, and he that increases his knowledge increases his sorrowMy life came to a standstill I could breathe, eat, drink, and sleep, and I could not help doing these things but there was no life, for there were no wishes the fulfillment of which I could consider reasonable I satisfied my desire or not, nothing would come of it.I could not even wish to know the truth, for I guessed of what it consisted The truth was that life is meaningless I should long ago have killed myself, if i had not had a dim hope of finding him I only really live when i feel and seek him.I remembered that i had lived only when i believed in a god Absurdity of life and the inevitable death, tolstoy represents a lot of people s approach into seeking the ultimate meaning of life which is seeking god, he is simply mirroring a lot of people s thoughts and misery to reach that outcome, which makes it a great book

  10. Joe Joe says:

    It shouldn t surprise you when it happens, but it always does you read someone s thoughts from over a hundred years ago and they mirror yours, exactly, in content if not in eloquence Tolstoy s struggle extrating a faith he needs from a doctrine he abhors is a nearly universal intellectual journey The book is most valuable for two reasons it explains how the irrational conclusions of fate actually fit into a system of reason, by changing the expectations of reason, and it details how denomina It shouldn t surprise you when it happens, but it always does you read someone s thoughts from over a hundred years ago and they mirror yours, exactly, in content if not in eloquence Tolstoy s struggle extrating a faith he needs from a doctrine he abhors is a nearly universal intellectual journey The book is most valuable for two reasons it explains how the irrational conclusions of fate actually fit into a system of reason, by changing the expectations of reason, and it details how denominations and sects ultimately work against the simple purpose of faith Having looked around further at people in other countries and at my contemporaries and predecessors, I saw the same thing Where there is life there is faith Since the day of creating faith has made it possible for mankind to live, and the essential aspects of that faith are always and everywhere the same 58 Whatever answers faith gives, regardless of which faith, or to whom the answers are given, such answers always give an infinite meaning to the finite existence of man a meaning that is not destroyed by suffering, deprivation or death This means that only in faith can we find the meaning and possibility of life Faith is the force of life If a man lives, then he must believe in something If he did not believe that there was something he must live for he would not live 58 To know God and to live are one in the same thing God is life Live in search of God and there will be no life without God Andpowerfully than ever before everything within and around me came to light, and the light has not deserted me since 75 I shall not seek the explanation of everything I know that the explanation of all things, like the origin of all things, must remain a secret of eternity But I want to understand in such a way as to be brought to the invetably inexplicable I want to realize that all that is inexplicable is so, not because the demands of my intellect are at fault they are correct and apart from them I can understand nothing , but because I can recognize the limits of my intellect I want to understand in such a way that everything inexplicable presents itself to me as being necessarily inexplicable and not as being something I am under an obligation to believe 94

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