Start your review of The Kreutzer Sonata Write a review Shelves: literature , russia Lookie here, folks, this is me giving a 4-star rating to a massively sexist, pro-Christian, anti-sex, anti-birth-control novella about a guy who murders his wife for maybe cheating on him, feels justified in doing so, and gets away with it! Have I forgotten myself, or is this book incredibly well-written? Can I love the arrangement of the words, but detest their meaning? Know what Tolstoy thinks?
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During a train ride, Pozdnyshev overhears a conversation concerning marriage, divorce and love. When a woman argues that marriage should not be arranged but based on true love , he asks "what is love? Convention dictates that two married people stay together, and initial love can quickly turn into hatred. After he meets and marries his wife, periods of passionate love and vicious fights alternate. She bears five children, and then receives contraceptives : "The last excuse for our swinish life — children — was then taken away, and life became viler than ever.
He hides his raging jealousy and goes on a trip, returns early, finds Troukhatchevsky and his wife together and kills his wife with a dagger. Censorship[ edit ] After the work had been forbidden in Russia by the censors, a mimeographed version was widely circulated.
This was confirmed by the U. Attorney General in the same year. Theodore Roosevelt called Tolstoy a "sexual moral pervert. Writing from a position of deep religiosity that he had explained in his Confession in , he points out that not Christ, but the Church which he despises instituted marriage. He also pities humanity for its pleasures, such as music and patriotism. He weeps at the thought of hatred; but in The Kreutzer Sonata he weeps almost as much at the thought of love.
He and all the humanitarians pity the joys of men. You are at least next door to hating humanity, for you pity humanity because it is human. Sara Brodie provided the adaptation, direction and choreography. Kreutzer is also inspired by Tolstoy. It was directed by Geordie Brookman and featured Renato Musolino. Eberle and Hardnik were musicians in the Utah Symphony at the time.
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