Graduate Reading Group on "The Short Stories of Tolstoy"

May 4, 2023
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Open to current graduate students at the University of Chicago. Participants can come to whichever sessions they choose. Others interested in participating should contact Books, food, and beverages will be provided. 

Does life have a meaning in the face of unavoidable suffering and impending death? What does it mean to be good, to be authentic, to follow one's conscience? Questions like these, which still knock at our hearts and minds today, are at the heart of the writing of Leo Tolstoy, widely considered one of the greatest novelists in the history of literature.

In this reading group, we’ll read through some of Tolstoy’s most enduring short stories. We will accompany a rich businessman as he faces his own inevitable physical demise, holy fools, proud priests, murderers, and saints. With Tolstoy and these characters, we will touch some of the most enduring mysteries of human life.

Whether you are a Tolstoy fan or haven’t read a page of his writing, join us over wine, beer, and food for a relaxed discussion of these great works of literature.

A copy of The Death of Ivan Illych and Other Stories, containing all readings, will be provided to all participants. 



April 6: Alyosha the Pot

April 13: Father Sergius

April 20: Master and Man

April 27: The Death of Ivan Illych, the First Part

May 4: The Death of Ivan Illych, the Second Part