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The Crushed Flower and Other Stories

Leonid Andreyev

Book Overview: 

An old man, accused of having murdered his family as a young man, spends a lifetime in prison. With brilliant psychological insight so characteristic of Leonid Andreyev's work, we follow this man telling his story about his obsession with truth and lies and his religion of the iron grate, tinged with madness, and not necessarily reliable

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And on both sides are huge rocks."

"That is on the road to the castle—none of us ever go there. Is it true that these stones stop the passersby with the question: 'Where are you going?'"

"No, they are mute. Why is your land so mournful? It is almost a week since I've seen my shadow. It is impossible! I don't see my shadow."

"Our land is very cheerful and full of joy. It is still winter now, but soon spring will come, and sunshine will come back with it. You shall see it, Haggart."

He speaks with contempt:

"And you are sitting and waiting calmly for its return? You must be a fine set of people! Ah, if I only had a ship!"

"What would you have done?"

He looks at her morosely and shakes his head suspiciously.

"You are too inquisitive, little girl. Has any one sent you over to me?"

"No. What do you need a ship for?"

Haggart laughs good-naturedly and ironically. . . Read More

Community Reviews

ENGLISH: This edition contains 8 stories by Andreiev. A set of short stories by the author of the play He Who Gets Slapped, who has been called the Russian Edgar Allan Poe. His stories are supposed to be very dark, but not all of them are, the same as happens with Poe. Five of these stories are shor

Um pequeno livro de dois contos brilhantes

in overall 3.5

my favorite stories:
1- a story which will never be finished, 5 star
2- the crushed flower, 4star
3-Love , Faith and Hope, 4 star
4-the man who found the truth , 3.5star
others 3 or 2..

The two last stories -- both novellas -- were the strongest: an enigmatic telling of Judas, and yet another of Andreyev's psychological prison tales.

I'll have to get hold of these admired translations by his writer-granddaughter of his 'best work': Visions: Stories and Photographs. So far I've read

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