Khozjain i rabotnik
Paperback 80 pages (B1 Intermediate User, for a vocabulary of about 1800 words)
'Master and Man'. A touching story about a landowner and his coachman.
Vasilij Andreevich Brehunov, the owner of a hostelry, fills his life with the idea of making money and getting rich. He is very satisfied with himself and his own importance. During the winter he goes with his servant Nikita to buy a grove. They get into a snow storm and end up totally lost in the show. Brehunov is terrified by the thought of his own unpreventable death but Nikita is not scared at all..
LEV TOLSTOJ (1828-1910)
He was a Russian writer widely regarded as among the greatest of novelists. His masterpieces War and Peace and Anna Karenina represent in their scope, breadth and vivid depiction of 19th-century Russian life and attitudes, the peak of realist fiction. Tolstoy's further talents as essayist, dramatist and educational reformer made him the most influential member of the aristocratic Tolstoy family. His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and pacifist. His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth-century figures as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.