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This powerful novel, Tolstoy's third major masterpiece, after War and Peace and Anna Karenina, begins with a courtroom drama (the finest in Russian literature) all the more stunning for being based on a real-life event. Dmitri Nekhlyudov, called to jury service, is astonished to see in the dock, charged with murder, a young woman whom he once seduced, propelling her into prostitution. She is found guilty on a technicality, and he determines to overturn the verdict. This pitches him into a hellish labyrinth of Russian courts ...

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Jul 17, 2007

A great book of Tolstoy

Resurrection is one of the masterpieces of Russian author Tolstoy. The book is surrounded with a familiar atmosphere of Tolstoy's writings. Namely, many people with different problems. There are two main characters Ekaterina Maslova and the Prince. Starting from the trial of Maslova, Tolstoy slowly builds the framework for a great criticism for legal system and punishment. One of the most appealing dialogues I have ever read is in Tolstoy's Resurrection, between the Prince and his sister's husband.

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