Fables and Fairy Tales Author:Leo Tolstoy "Fables and Fairy Tales" is the first generally available translation of many of Leo Tolstoy's shorter and lesser-known works. With beautiful simplicity, the author brings his great themes of purgation and social justice to the succinct medium of the timeless fantasy -- themes which are more diffuse and implicit in his novels. — Simplicity of cha... more »racter and hard physical labor lead to spiritual reward for the kings, hermits, imps and talking animals, peasants and fools of these parables -- whereas wit and cleverness are conditions for their imminent downfall.
"His art is so full and broad and true that he seems able to do for his own time and country what Shakespeare ... did for his." -- Havelock Ellis
"Tolstoy perceived the dawning of a time when ... the leading, illumination and decisive spirit which is to unify and serve society must supercede the objective genius, and the ethical and intelligent rise above the irresponsibly lovely..." -- Thomas Mann
This delightful collection of 29 fables and tales by Leo Tolstoy [1828-1910] date from 1872 to 1906.
Translated by Ann Dunnigan, and illustrated by Sheila Greenwald.« less