My Religion

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Leo Tolstoy, in his later years, formulated a unique Christian philosophy based upon the teachings of Jesus, and rejected the institutional doctrine of the Church. These convictions made a profound impact on his life and are reflected in his writings after c.1880.

My Religion is a comprehensive exposition of this newfound faith, where Tolstoy lays out in detail every important aspect of his belief, and strives to explain the true meaning of Christ's message, and where the Church has strayed from the Word of God.

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Scriptoria Books
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Published on
Jun 29, 2009
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Pages
194
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ISBN
9781448631506
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Christianity / General
Religion / Christianity / History
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Aleksandr Nikitenko, descended from once-free Cossacks, was born into serfdom in provincial Russia in 1804. One of 300,000 serfs owned by Count Sheremetev, Nikitenko as a teenager became fiercely determined to gain his freedom. In this memorable and moving book, here translated into English for the first time, Nikitenko recollects the details of his childhood and youth in servitude as well as the six-year struggle that at last delivered him into freedom in 1824. Among the very few autobiographies ever written by an ex-serf, Up from Serfdom provides a unique portrait of serfdom in nineteenth-century Russia and a profoundly clear sense of what such bondage meant to the people, the culture, and the nation.

Rising to eminence as a professor at St. Petersburg University, former serf Nikitenko set about writing his autobiography in 1851, relying on his own diaries (begun at the age of fourteen and maintained throughout his life), his father’s correspondence and documents, and the stories that his parents and grandparents told as he was growing up. He recalls his town, his schooling, his masters and mistresses, and the utter capriciousness of a serf’s existence, illustrated most vividly by his father’s lurching path from comfort to destitution to prison to rehabilitation. Nikitenko’s description of the tragedy, despair, unpredictability, and astounding luck of his youth is a compelling human story that brings to life as never before the experiences of the serf in Russia in the early 1800s.
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