The Power of Darkness - A Drama in Five Acts

Author(s): Leo Tolstoy; Louise Maude (Translator); Aylmer Maude (Translator)

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Best known today as the author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina, Count Leo Tolstoy also is acknowledged as a skilled playwright. His five-act drama The Power of Darkness offers a cold and unsparing look at Russian peasant life that illustrates the costs of pursuing personal desires rather than the dictates of morality. The grimly realistic tragedy is based on a real incident, centering on a peasant's confession to a party of wedding guests of his participation in a series of horrific crimes that range from adultery and murder to infanticide.
Tolstoy's moving portrait of a class enslaved by poverty and ignorance was written in 1886, but its performance was suppressed by Russian authorities until 1902. A 1904 version, performed in New York in Yiddish, marked the first successful production of a play by Tolstoy in the United States.

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  • : 9780486828367
  • : Dover Publications, Incorporated
  • : Dover Publications, Incorporated
  • : January 2019
  • : --- length: - '8' width: - '5' units: - Inches
  • : books

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  • : English
  • : 891.723
  • : 80
  • : Leo Tolstoy; Louise Maude (Translator); Aylmer Maude (Translator)
  • : Paperback