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Kreitserova Sonata [The Kreutzer Sonata].

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Kreitserova Sonata [The Kreutzer Sonata].

by Tolstoy L

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N.p., N.p., 1890?
Extremely rare clandestine hectograph edition of Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata.
This is the first novella in Russian about the marriage and the relationships between sexes.
After a long story of editing by the author initial text this eighth version (penultimate, finished in October 1889) has been rewritten by Tolstoy's daughter, Maria, and delivered to St. Petersburg. At the same time Tolstoy reminded renouncing the copyright to the novella so it was illegally copied in the Posrednik publishing house at one night, from October 29-th to 30-th 1889. 'Till Sunday 300 lithographed copies was ready... ' (Tolstoy. Polnoe sobranie sochineniy. T. 27. 1936). This text became a main for later hectograph editions, including our version that published nearly the other half of 1890. Our copy contains The Afterword (the fourth version) that was finished in April 6, 1890.
At December 1889, The Sonata was officially banned in Russia before any typographic edition appeared. After countess Sofia Tolstoy was received in audience by Alexander III to charge for the novella. The Sonata was published in the thirteenth volume of The Collected works (1891).
Such editions of Tolstoy's works are predecessors to the Soviet samizdat ('Iself-publish'), underground literature.
We couldn't trace any other copy with the same pagination via OCLC. NYPL, BL and Harvard library have other variants of the novella printed the same way.


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Kreitserova Sonata [The Kreutzer Sonata].
Tolstoy L
In owner’s hardback with part of the original illustrated cover tipped on.
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196, [2], 22, [4] pp.
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Lithgraphed books; Russian literature;

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