Master and Man and Other Stories

Master and Man and Other Stories
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Language English
Pages: 293
ISBN10: 0140449620
Genre: Short Stories
Goodreads Rating: 4.05
ISBN13: 9780140449624
Published: June 30th 2005 by Penguin Classics

The stories collected in this volume demonstrate Tolstoy’s artistic prowess displayed over five decades— experimenting with prose styles and drawing on his own experiences with humor and compassion. “The Two Hussars,” inspired by his time in the army, contrasts a dashing father and his mean-spirited son. Illustrating Tolstoy’s belief that art must serve a moral purpose, “What Men Live By” portrays an angel sent to earth to learn three existential rules of life. And in the deeply moving “Master and Man,” a mercenary merchant travels with his unprotesting servant through a blizzard to close a business deal—little realizing he may soon have to settle accounts with his maker. Two hussars -- Strider -- God sees the truth but waits -- A prisoner of the Caucasus -- What men live by -- Neglect a spark and the house burns down -- The two old men -- The three hermits -- How much land does a man need? -- Master and man.