Resurrection (Annotated with Biography and Critical Essay)
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Resurrection, published in 1899, was Tolstoy’s last novel. It first appeared in serialized form in the publication Niva – the sales went to help the Dukhobors, a religious group that was being persecuted by the established Russian church. The book was translated into English in 1899 by Louise and Aylmer Maude. Tolstoy himself did not hold The Resurrection in high regard, and many historians believe he finished it quickly in order to hasten its use as a money raiser for the Dukhobors, whose situation had reached a crisis point. It is thought that largely due to the efforts of Tolstoy and others the Canadian government offered land in British Columbia for the resettlement of the sect.
Resurrection is a novel of conversion – that the corrupted world can be cured of its ills if only it follows the right path. The protagonist of Resurrection, Nekhlyudov, like Tolstoy, refuses to accept the corruption of the world as it is and has a black and white vision of what the world should be.
This annotated edition includes a biography and critical essay.