A Confession

by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy
Distributed by the Tolstoy Library OnLine

First distributed in Russia in 1882, first published in 1884.

Despite having written War and Peace and Anna Karenina, Tolstoy, at age 51, looked back on his life and considered it to be a meaningless, regrettable failure. A Confession gives insight into Tolstoy's thinking as he began to forever change his ideas and actions and develop his radical philosophy. This book was first distributed in 1882 and published in 1884 after some fun with the censors.

Part One - Part Two
Part Three - Part Four
Part Five - Part Six
Part Seven - Part Eight
Part Nine - Part Ten
Part Eleven - Part Twelve
Part Thirteen - Part Fourteen
Part Fifteen - Part Sixteen

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