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Sintesi dell'editore

Tolstoy claims that all good art is related to the authentic life of the broader community and that the aesthetic value of a work of art is not independent of its moral content. The book is noteworthy not only for its famous iconoclasm and compelling attacks on the aestheticist notion of "art for art's sake" but even more for its wit, its lucid and beautiful prose, and its sincere expression of the deepest social conscience.

Tolstoy is an author critics typically rank alongside Shakespeare and Homer. A sustained consideration of the cultural import of art by someone who himself was an artist of the highest stature will always remain relevant and fascinating to anyone interested in the place of art and literature in society.

Public Domain (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Nicolette
  • 31/10/2009

unbearably snotty narration

I gather that Tolstoy's views on the subject were at the least a little sardonic, but I can't get past the absolutely laughable, condescending tone the narrator feels obliged to apply to this reading. Is he trying to narrate it as he feels Tolstoy himself would have sounded? (In which case, I don't agree: I think that Tolstoy himself must have sounded a bit human, even sympathetic, once in a while!) -- Or, worse, is this simply how the narrator believes "serious, world-historical" works such as this SHOULD be read? Is it how he reads all works? I should have listened longer to the sample clip before buying... Worst purchase I've made here; I can hardly get through it.
Another major gripe regards the passages in different languages. It seems that in order to be kind to the reader translations should be supplied alongside the original text when passages in a foreign language are as long as some of these; I don't understand Russian or German in the slightest. I do, however, speak and understand French, and one last absurdity is the atrocity with which the narrator mangles the pronunciation- and always in that awful, sneering, "highbrow-literary" tone!

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Surajit Ghosh
  • 19/07/2021

Terrible performance by the narrator

His voice is condescending. He neither pronounced German nor French the way they should have been pronounced. But he suddenly tries to read translations from French and German with thick accents. Ridiculous

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • marc schaeffer
  • 16/11/2020

beautiful

this book ages like fine wine, as art falls farther and farther into emotionless plagiarism, and folk art dies and memory of folk art dies.

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • G. Fazio
  • 03/11/2020

The narrator…

I have to agree with the other reviewer, the writing by Tolstoy could well be quite interesting, but I just didn’t make it very far with this narrator, who sounds like some sort of “Simpsons” lampoon of an Ivy League snob.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Cody
  • 20/07/2021

Leo Tolstoy What Is Art

For such a short book it packs a punch. Incredibly thought provoking. It has consumed my mind since I first listened to it, and have been reappraising all the films, books, comics, video games, and tv shows that I grew up loving. It also makes me seriously rethink what my goal is with my own art. Every one of Tolstoy's later non fiction has changed the way I look at the world. It is delightful by itself to listen to the thoughts of such a historic genius.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Leo Aprendi
  • 19/08/2022

The singular Tolstoy; audible reading improves as book progresses

Tolstoy took 15 years to finish formulating his thoughts about art. The book starts off a little slowly with much time spent on a critique of aesthetic theory (helpful for context), and then picks up in 2nd half as he gets into his own view of what art—or good art is—clear, sincere, accessible conveyance of authentic feeling felt by the artist, which ideally brings humans closer together (brotherhood of man) in recognition of their common humanity and kinship as children of god. His is a Christian ethos, but not in a strictly doctrinal way, as he scorns phony religious art as much as he scorns patriotic propaganda and pretentious decadent frippery.

Some surprising and amusing critiques within (he can’t stand Wagner and calls all late Beethoven “bad art.” You’d be tempted to dismiss his views but he is Tolstoy and wrote some of the worlds greatest literature, so he’s no joker. (But i do think he’s wrong about Beethoven’s 9th…); what would he say about 20th c and 21st c art? I think he’d be speechless.

Re the audible, the narrator starts off with a super pretentious and snooty voice (Dead wrong for Tolstoy’s whole message and POV) but about 1/3 of the way in the reader forgot the snoot voice and he settled into something more listenable. Hang in there. It was hard to make it through the first hour bc of the pretentious voice, but I’m glad I did.

Overall a fine listen and strange book. I agree with a good amount of what he says and disagree with another good amount. But enjoyed some hilarious takedowns of pretentious artistes, critics, and patrons; and of phony prostituted art made just for market and not coming from the sincere soul of the artist out an urgent desire to express a powerful and universally-accessible and true feeling about life.

For his own art, re shorter works, one can’t go wrong with The Death of Ivan Ilyich and The Kreutzer sonata. Try those (over and over) and build stamina for the large great works of Anna K. and War and Peace.

A Confession is also a very fine and listenable personal essay.

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Sarah
  • 17/08/2022

Difficult to Understand

This would be a wonderful audiobook, but for the large portions of German and French, without translation.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Utente anonimo
  • 25/05/2022

Genius

This was brilliant! I’ve been thinking about this topic for a long time and I’m glad I found this a month ago. The concepts are really profound and the narrator did a great job!

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Utente anonimo
  • 28/04/2022

Generally worth it

The first half is a bit anachronistic. The second half gets into some interesting points but it attaches art too heavily to religion. His views on science are no longer applicable but his general views on the purpose of art ring true and seem timeless.

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • SamF
  • 11/01/2022

Bad definition

It is obvious that the book was written over a 15 year period because the criticism of the common art is very good at the beginning of the book, however the philosophy at the end of the book is the same philosophy that has been the suicidal tendency of art in the last 100 years. How much better if Tolstoy had gone through with the suicidal tendency on himself rather than ruin art for all time. If art is just the expression of feelings then the The distain I express in this review is that same art. However it has been proven by the art of the last 100 years defining art as the expression of feelings leads to extremely ugly art and no one wants it except the suicidal elite who would have no other moral virtue then the extermination of man.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Nelson F.
  • 17/12/2021

Lacks translations

It’s a marvellous text but the audio version quotes extensive sections in German and French, without translating them!

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Utente anonimo
  • 14/11/2021

A theory of art

Highly instructive book. Though provoking it's a very important material for such an important matter in society.

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Dylan fan
  • 01/09/2021

Radical forward thinking mixed with 1890s values

interesting analysis that doesn't answer all the questions we have about art in the 21st century but does provide some consideration of how we construct value in art which is worth listening to. Some of the sociopolitical ideas are still struggling for a hearing in the corridors of power now.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • harry
  • 01/05/2016

interesting look into a past future

things did not turn out quite the way Tolstoy had hoped but the difference between his vision and reality are pretty fascinating