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The Kreutzer Sonata - Leo Tolstoy
Taking its name from Mozart’s musical score of the same name, The Kreutzer Sonata is the controversial and polemic novella that was swiftly censored by the Russian authorities after its publication in 1889. Detailing the main character Pozdnyshev’s increasing jealousy and eventual all-consuming paranoia about his wife and her relationship with her music partner, The Kreutzer Sonata details Tolstoy’s take on the hypocrisy of 19th-century marital conventions. Evaluating the role music, art, love and lust play in society, and the complex and multifaceted relationship between the sexes, this illuminating critique should not be missed.

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