Ivan The Fool

Benjamin R. Tucker - Leo Tolstoy - Ivan The Fool
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Ivan the Fool - By Leo Tolstoy. A superb New Edition of this Classic Tolstoy short story. "Ivan the Fool" (also known as "Ivan the Fool and his Two Brothers") is an 1886 short story (in fact, a literary fairy tale) by Leo Tolstoy, published in 1886.

Its plot is about the struggles of three brothers and a sister with the Old Devil. The name "Ivan the Fool" hints to a popular hero of Russian folklore. Simeon (a soldier) - Tarras-Briukhan ("Tarras the fat belly", a merchant) - Ivan (a fool) Milania (a mute). Although the story is usually considered a children's fairy tale, it is also used as an indication of Tolstoy's political leanings in support of Christian anarchism.

Though his brothers are easily tempted by money and military power, unsophisticated Ivan, with his simple way of life, defeats the treacherous devil. Ivan eventually becomes the ruler of the country despite the lack of a standing army or currency.

All of the citizens are welcome at Ivan's table, where workers are fed first and intellectuals (those without calluses on their hands) have to eat the leftovers.

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Лев Николаевич Толстой (Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy)
Tolstoy on 23 May 1908 at Yasnaya Polyana, Photo by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.

Occupations: Novelist, Playwright
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