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Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. In Book 7, Levin, in town for Kitty’s confinement, finds himself drawn to the corruptive influence of Moscow society. Stiva again presses Karenin to divorce Anna, while Anna, driven by jealousy, becomes increasingly irrational towards Vronsky. (Summary by Mary Anderson and MaryAnn)
 
Resurrection is the last of Tolstoy's major fiction works published in his lifetime. Tolstoy intended the novel as an exposition of injustice of man-made laws and the hypocrisy of institutionalized church. It was first published serially in the magazine Niva as an effort to raise funds for the resettlement of the Dukhobors. The story concerns a nobleman named Nekhlyudov, who seeks redemption for a sin committed years earlier. His brief affair with a maid resulted in her being fired and endin ...
 
War and Peace (Russian: Война и мир, Voyna i mir; in original orthography: Война и миръ, Voyna i mir") is an epic novel by Leo Tolstoy, first published from 1865 to 1869 in Russki Vestnik, which tells the story of Russian society during the Napoleonic Era. It is usually described as one of Tolstoy's two major masterpieces (the other being Anna Karenina) as well as one of the world's greatest novels. War and Peace offered a new kind of fiction, with a great many characters caught up in a plot ...
 
Childhood, published in 1852, is the first novel in Leo Tolstoy’s autobiographical trilogy, which also includes Boyhood, and Youth. Published when Tolstoy was twenty-three, the book gained immediate notice among Russian writers including Ivan Turgenev, and heralded the young Tolstoy as a major figure in Russian letters. Childhood is an expressionist exploration of the internal life of a young boy, Nikolenka, and was a new form in Russian writing, mixing fact, fiction and emotions to render t ...
 
Overdue is a podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy childen’s books: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.
 
Book 1. Resurrection is the last of Tolstoy's major fiction works published in his lifetime. Tolstoy intended the novel as an exposition of injustice of man-made laws and the hypocrisy of institutionalized church. It was first published serially in the magazine Niva as an effort to raise funds for the resettlement of the Dukhobors. The story concerns a nobleman named Nekhlyudov, who seeks redemption for a sin committed years earlier. His brief affair with a maid resulted in her being fired a ...
 
"My Confession" is a brief autobiographical story of Leo Tolstoy's struggle with a mid-life existential crisis of melancholia. It describes his search for answers to the profound questions "What will come of my life?" and "What is the meaning of life?", without answers to which life, for him, had become "impossible." Tolstoy reflects on the arc of his philosophical life until then: his childhood abandonment of his Russian orthodox faith; his mastery of strength, will, power, and reason; and ...
 
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Explore history's interlocking lives and events. Turn back the clock, one story at a time. Discover how various strands are woven together to create a historic figure, a big idea or an unthinkable tragedy. From OZY Media. History. Unwound.
 
This is a collection of 4 stories by Leo Tolstoy, all dealing with the question asked in the title of the first story: What Does Man Live By. What is the purpose of life? How are we expected to live with others? What is all of this about anyway? And the answer to that question by the way is answered in a style that is uniquely and perfectly Tolstoy's. But these are not essays, but well written stories that tell about real people as they live real lives. The first story is broken into two par ...
 
Leo Tolstoy’s psychological novel Anna Karenina follows the life of the enchanting and rebellious Anna who seeks to break free from the shackles of society. Set in late 19th century Russia, Anna is portrayed as an ideal, cultivated aristocratic wife, mother and model for women alike. Although at first glance she seems to have it all in life, Anna yearns for love and affection- something her cold diplomatic husband cannot provide. She grows discontent of their loveless relationship, and is ti ...
 
"The inner working of my soul, which I wish to speak of here, was not the result of a methodical investigation of doctrinal theology, or of the actual texts of the gospel; it was a sudden removal of all that hid the true meaning of the Christian doctrine – a momentary flash of light, which made everything clear to me. It was something like that which might happen to a man who, after vainly attempting, by a false plan, to build up a statue out of a confused heap of small pieces of marble, sud ...
 
Every week, join award-winning narrator B.J. Harrison as he narrates the greatest stories the world has ever known. From the jungles of South America to the Mississippi Delta, from Victorian England to the sands of the Arabian desert, join us on a fantastic journey through the words of the world's greatest authors. Critically-acclaimed and highly recommended for anyone who loves a good story with plenty of substance.
 
Although Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a wealthy landowner, in his later life he had what was considered a “religious awakening.” This experience went on to inform his writing and his lifestyle in profound ways. His views transcended the specifics of religion, as known in his day – so much so he came to be a helpful guide both to Mohandas Gandhi and to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The four stories in this collection ask profound questions and gently supply helpful, non-dogmatic hints to their an ...
 
Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace chronicles the lives of five Russian aristocratic families during Napoleon's invasion of Russia. Many considered this book to be the best Russian work of literature of all time and it is massive in scale. The book is divided in four volumes and the chapters don't just contain the narrative of the plot to the novel but philosophical discussions as well. This may be intimidating to average book readers but they shouldn't be discouraged to try reading War and Peace. ...
 
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I'm that YouTube Philosophy Guy! Find more than 1,700 videos in my main channel. Support my video and podcast work! https://www.patreon.com/sadler Learn more about this podcast channel - https://youtu.be/qRvL0gqlyrw Due to popular demand - and with the work underwritten by my Patreon supporters - I have started converting my videos into MP3 files listeners can listen to anywhere they want! Once I reach a higher level of support on Patreon, I plan to start creating original episodes in a new ...
 
Get nestled. Wrestle the remote and the phone away. Tell your friends: "No, not tonight. I cannot come online to play." For tonight you will settle in with me, your humble host, as we kill the lights and have long conversations on anything and everything under the sun. Welcome to the Night Rule: a podcast about the culture of politics and the politics of culture. Join us tonight, Rulers, all manner of diversions!
 
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Self? Help! is the podcast for anyone who's thought: Who the hell am I? What in god’s name am I doing? And how did I get here of all places? And then to figure it all out, you turned to a book—because you’re that kind of person, and so is your host, Moth Storyteller and creator of Memory Motel, Terence Mickey. He doesn't care from where you seek your guidance, whether it’s Leo Tolstoy or Dr. Seuss. He's a firm believer that we cannot get enough help in this life and that books are, indeed, m ...
 
Are you sick & tired of feeling helpless against the increasing negativity in the world? Have you felt the desire to make a difference, but don’t quite know how? Join author & inspirational speaker, Kathryn L. Moss, as she goes back in time to interview historical figures about how & why they chose to make a difference. Be inspired by their powerful true stories, inspirational thoughts, & practical advice, as history comes to life!
 
“Speaking of Gandhi” is a podcast presented by the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Foundation, Inc. in Washington, DC and the Director of the Gandhi Memorial Center, Srimati Karuna. Each episode will highlight messages from Mahatma Gandhi with reflection on his speeches, writings and actions throughout his life (1869-1948). Music of “Vaishnavajanato” arranged by Samia Mahbub Ahmad (vocal) and Jeffrey H. Bauer (piano), with Debu Nayak (tabla), Pam Broene (flute), Anthony Hyatt (violin) and Tony Vento ...
 
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This lecture discusses key ideas from the 19th century philosopher and novelist Leo Tolstoy's book What Is Art?It focuses specifically on his discussion of rhe scope of what can be considered to be works of art.To support my ongoing work, go to my Patreon site - www.patreon.com/sadlerIf you'd like to make a direct contribution, you can do so here -…
 
Authentically Russian. Depressingly bleak, a touch of divinity and more than a little strange. 'The Death Of Ivan Ilyich' by Leo Tolstoy is a collection of 11 novellas, which contain Russian everything (characters, landscape, traditions, culture, etc.,). There is no connecting theme in the stories but they do contain some commonalities. They're tol…
 
We delve into Viktor Shklovsky and his theory of "making strange" or defamiliarization in art and literature and also hit on many other topics with the superlative Julie Rak of the University of Alberta Link to article in The Nation: https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/making-strange-victor-shklovsky/ @PodRule @rak_dr…
 
Why exactly does Antony Ferrara keep ancient brain-eating beetles? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you, and we really appreciate your support. We’ve set it up so that for a five-dollar monthly dona…
 
TONIGHT @ IOGELS Moscow's Hottest Club 1806 Get ready YOUNG PEOPLE for the biggest night of the year: the alcopops are flowing, the beats are gnarlier than Napoleon, and the dance moves are completely diplomat! Yes it's SINGLES NIGHT at IOGELS. Don't miss out, book your tickets now. GUEST LIST ONLY. ALCOPOP FOUNTAIN. DANCE COMP. /// patreon.com/wap…
 
This is a short reflection on an insightful passage from Blaise Pascal's Pensees, section 332, in which he reflects upon the nature of tyranny, which he interprets as demanding what is not one's due. This is often the case for people who are outstanding in one respect, and who unjustly demand respect or priority on some other grounds.You can get Pa…
 
A delve into the thoughts of a great leader, inspiring visionary, a venerable soul, but ultimately just a man. 'An Autobiography' by M.K. Gandhi (also known as 'My Experiments With Truth') is an overview of his life from birth in 1869 to 1921. It is split into 5 parts which reflect his time spent studying in England, working in South Africa and pro…
 
This is a short reflection on an insightful passage from Ursula K Leguin's essay "Telling The Truth", found in her book The Language of the Night. She discusses how writers draw upon experience, and how being open or closed to experience offers a richness or poverty to the person. She also discusses the adage "write what you know", and interprets i…
 
Spooktober continues! A narrator wanders rooms in his old house, telling the reader stories about his life. Is he an old man responding to a psychological evaluation? Is he a ghost recounting (and selectively editing) his best and worst memories? Will we ever know peace from the miasma of possibilities? Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis…
 
This is a short reflection on an insightful passage from Plutarch's work On Contentment, where he tells us that while we often do not choose the situations and conditions we are placed in, we do have choices about how we deal with them, and whether we make good use of them or notYou can get Plutarch's On Contentment here - https://amzn.to/3mJssqcTh…
 
In this episode, friend of the podcast and book club Eric Heiman joins David and Nathan to talk about W.G. Sebald's Rings of Saturn. The three get into the melancholic depiction of entropy eating away so much of human life, the sense of historical vertigo, and the (un)fictionality of the novel. Join the three as they discuss the style, form, and su…
 
Antony Ferrara heats his quarters like an inferno, collects brain-eating beetles, and wears an Egyptian ring. So, why does Cairn suspect him of killing a swan? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you, …
 
This is a short reflection on an insightful passage from Epictetus' Discourses book 3, chapter 21, in which he tells us we need to digest, rather than regurgitate our principles by making them part of our consistent way of living You can get Epictetus' Discourses here - https://amzn.to/3wvQSXnThe faint music in the background is Mesmerize by Kevin …
 
I'm finding a common pattern amongst books on this subject that I'm really not enjoying. 'The Heart Of The Buddha's Teaching' by Thich Nhat Hanh is an explanation of the most essential ideas, instructions, teachings and guides of Buddhism & the Buddha. It is split into 4 parts with the first two deconstructing the Four Noble Truths & The Noble Eigh…
 
We discuss and read from Melanie Magidow's exciting new translation of a timeless tale: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/605312/the-tale-of-princess-fatima-warrior-woman-by-edited-translated-and-with-an-introduction-and-notes-by-melanie-magidow/ This one was so much fun... one of my all time favs. Much Love, -Night Rule…
 
This is a short reflection on an insightful passage from Seneca's On Tranquility of Mind, where he suggests that instead of crying or being upset with the people and events of the world, we can laugh, or even neither laugh nor cry about but simply accept mattersYou can get Epictetus' Enchiridion here - https://amzn.to/3wvQSXnThe faint music in the …
 
Spooktober 2021 kicks off with a book about a jerk who turned himself invisible and then was still a jerk! The titular invisible man is a forerunner to a hundred comic book villains, who all suffered some kind of scientific mishap at their own hands and then took it as an excuse to become Evil. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. Adverti…
 
This is a short reflection on an insightful passage from Epictetus' Enchiridion, chapter 29, in which he advises us, before starting on some complex or difficult matter, to consider what it requires and whether we are really up for doing itYou can get Epictetus' Enchiridion here - https://amzn.to/3wvQSXnThe faint music in the background is Mesmeriz…
 
This is a short reflection on an insightful passage from Seneca's On Tranquility of Mind, in which he suggests that we do not need too many books, but instead should get as much out of the books we do have.You can get Seneca's On Tranquility of Mind here - https://amzn.to/3zNU1mFThe faint music in the background is Mesmerize by Kevin MacLeod, licen…
 
This is a short reflection on an insightful passage from Blaise Pascal's Pensees, section 386, in which he muses about the difference between waking and dreaming, and what it would be like for us if we dreamed consistently the same thing. This has significant implications for us in our present environment, in which we can arrange and choose to have…
 
Enjoy another episode of our newest show-within-a-show! We're reading Edith Grossman's translation of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes a few chapters at a time. Some Patreon supporters get these episodes monthly, but every two months we'll combine them for general consumption. These episodes cover Chapters 43-52 of Part One, and the Prologue and …
 
Can Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson discover the identity of a cyclist that appears and disappears like a phantom? Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you, and we really appreciate your support.…
 
We've had some good times over the last 64 episodes haven't we? We've laughed, we've loved, we've danced the Cooper. Absolutely, there was a small amount of horrifying war, and just a touch of mindless violence. But overall, it's been a lot of fun. But as the saying goes, sometimes life gives you pineapples, and sometimes life drops hundreds of hug…
 
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