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Translated by C. J. Hogarth

This is the second novel in Tolstoy's autobiographical trilogy: Childhood (1852), Boyhood (1854), and Youth (1856).

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It's a story about first part of writers life, from his happy life with parents in countryside, his education at home and leaving for Moskva without his mother for his further education. In Moskva he finds his first love, Sonya, and lives nice and interesting life until his sudden return to home. His mother will die in coming days, and soon after her, dies also his mothers nanny, two women he loved very much... Nice story, although it doesn't have so many great ideas, probably because of writers young ages.

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