Master and Man

Master and Man

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by Leo Tolstoy
     
 

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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

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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:
9781607786559
Publisher:
MobileReference
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Mobi Classics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
233 KB

Meet the Author

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) is revered worldwide as one of the greatest writers of all time. His novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina have become classics of world literature.

Brief Biography

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

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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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.