Read How Much Land Does a Man Need by Leo Tolstoy Online


Calypso Editions presents a new translation of the Tolstoy tale that James Joyce called “the greatest story that the literature of the world knows.” Here, readers meet Pakhom, who swears that with enough land, he wouldn’t fear the devil himself. And the devil hears him....

Title : How Much Land Does a Man Need
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ISBN : 9780983099901
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 47 Pages
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How Much Land Does a Man Need Reviews

  • Sanjay Gautam
    2019-02-20 14:41

    If you're thinking to read a short story then read this one. It will be the finest short story you are ever going to read.James Joyce wrote to his daughter that it is "the greatest story that the literature of the world knows". Truly a masterpiece! A timeless story.

  • Bookdragon Sean
    2019-03-02 11:46

    This was perfect, simply perfect. It’s a masterful short story. The wonderful Leo Tolstoy truly captured a grim aspect of human nature in just a few pages. He uses a farmer’s greed as an allegory for man’s ever growing ambition. What man has is never enough; he is always trying to go forward to grasp bigger things. But, in this, there is the ultimate danger of overreaching oneself. Man can only go so far before he destroys himself. "Although he feared death, he could not stop. 'If I stopped now, after coming all this way - well, they'd call me an idiot!'"-spoilers below, though the ending is very obvious-Tolstoy’s farmer begins with owning just a small strip of land; he is restricted and poor, so he naturally wants more. He scrimps and he saves; he borrows and he makes promises. In doing so he manages to buy a healthy twenty acres. This is enough for any man. The farmer is initially happy with what he has earnt; however, he begins resent the poorer farmers he was once counted amongst. He saves up again, this time to buy a more private lot of land. He surrounds himself with his family, so no lowly farmer can intrude on his land. But, this again, isn’t enough. He is seduced by the possibility of unlimited land in a faraway country. He is told that he can have as much of it that he wants; he can have all the land he can cover on foot in one day provided he reaches the starting point by nightfall of the same day. Consequently, he dies in the process of trying to acquire too much. He’s greedy heart gave up on him, and stopped forever.This story is a powerful allegory for the dangers of man’s greed and his ability to overstep himself. He is fuelled by self-betterment, but, ultimately, he will reach a point where he has gone too far. The farmer has many opportunities to be contented, though he couldn’t accept what he had. He constantly wanted more. Tolstoy shows us how this can lead to one’s own self-destruction. This story was superb; it was powerful and wonderfully appropriate. This is exactly why I bought this collection, to have a taste of authors like this. I’ve had somewhat of low rating slump with these editions lately, and this one brought me back from the edges of despair. I was starting to get rather annoyed with the penguin little black classics because the last few were very disagreeable to me. This was just perfect; I’ve found an author whose works I’ll be exploring in the future. I’m going to start with Anna Karenina, which I will, no doubt, be reviewing later in the year. Penguin Little Black Classic- 57The Little Black Classic Collection by penguin looks like it contains lots of hidden gems. I couldn’t help it; they looked so good that I went and bought them all. I shall post a short review after reading each one. No doubt it will take me several months to get through all of them! Hopefully I will find some classic authors, from across the ages, that I may not have come across had I not bought this collection. This has been my favourite edition so far! What a great way to start my reading year; it makes me want to finally push through the last fourty of these!

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2019-03-09 11:29

    When I was reviewing another classic Russian short story of avarice, The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin, I kept asking myself, what was that other Russian short story about greed, where the man is walking around the grasslands, stepping off the land he wants to claim, and who wrote it? Well, it was Leo Tolstoy, duh, and this was the story (thank you, Google). It's simple, but the ending packs a punch, and it's always stuck with me.Tolstoy wrote this short story/novelette in 1886, as a morality tale. It's divided into nine brief sections or chapters. The New York Times comments that this division into nine parts is known as the "skaz" form--a Russian oral tradition that uses "informal expressions of oral speech by a simple rural narrator," which I thought was cool.The main character in this parable is a Russian peasant named Pahom. One night Pahom is listening to his wife and her sister arguing about whether city or country life is best. Pahom agrees with his wife that a peasant's life is overall good: it's hard work but they avoid the evils and temptations of the city."Busy as we are from childhood tilling mother earth, we peasants have no time to let any nonsense settle in our heads. Our only trouble is that we haven’t land enough. If I had plenty of land, I shouldn’t fear the Devil himself!"In these types of stories you really should steer clear of tempting fate or the Devil. The Devil himself overhears Pahom (remember, we're talking about a Russian morality tale here) and decides to give Pahom enough land to see if his greed will overcome him.So Pahom begins to grow wealthy, and buys some land, and gets into arguments with his neighbors about said land, and takes off to another part of the country and buys some more land, and somehow it never is enough. Then one day he hears that the Bashkir people have ample land, wonderful land, that they're practically giving away. All he has to do is pay a flat amount and then go walk around and mark the land he wants. Whatever land he is able to mark off in one day will be his, but he needs to return to his starting point before the sun sets, or he loses his money and the land.I highly recommend reading this story for yourself. It's short but powerful, especially the last third. It's available free online many places, including here.

  • Fernando
    2019-03-02 19:42

    "El que mucho abarca, poco apreta." ¡Qué maravilla de cuento! Por algo era el preferido de James Joyce. Pajom me recuerda a Chichikov, el personaje principal de Almas Muertas de Nikólai Gógol y al padre de Eugènie Grandet cuando se encerraba a contar sus monedas de oro. Un cuento con una gran moraleja sobre los peligros de la avaricia sin limites. Me encantó...

  • Carol
    2019-03-15 15:26

    First published in 1886. Powerful. Brief.Read my GR friend's, Tadiana's, review.

  • Duane
    2019-03-02 13:38

    A plot that is 2 1/2 ft by 8 ft is what most of us end up with.

  • Archit Ojha
    2019-03-04 17:55

    Masterfully written.If you are looking for a story to read in a short span, it must be your first choice!

  • Ammara Abid
    2019-03-01 18:54

    'How much land does a man need?'"Six feet from his head to his heels was all he needed". I love Tolstoy's writing, he is one of the greatest novelist everlived.

  • Flor
    2019-03-07 17:26

    ¿Cuánto necesitamos para ser felices? No mucho. Un relato corto que trata sobre la ambición y la codicia del ser humano, y sus consecuencias. Me gustó mucho y al fin pude leer algo, después de casi un mes sin abrir un libro.!! 😊

  • Agir(آگِر)
    2019-02-25 13:44

    داستان "یک نفر آدم چقد خاک لازم دارد"شاید مشهورترین داستان کوتاهی لئون تولستوی باشداین داستان محبوبیت زیادی پیدا کردحتی یکی از مریدان تولستوی برای این داستان معبدی ساخته که متن روسی و ترجمه های به زبان مختلف را در درون و اطراف آن گذاشته بودحکایتی ساده از طمع سیری ناپذیر انسانبه قول سعدی: دیده ی اهل طمع به نعمت دنیا پر نشود همچنان که چاه به شبنماین داستان کنار چند داستان دیگر تحت کتابی به اسم هفت کشور توسط محمدعلی جمال زاده ترجمه شدهکه از اینجا میشه دانلود کردمتن انگلیسی آن هم را از این آدرس خواند:

  • Sonia
    2019-03-02 13:44

    2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge #26 A book by an author from a country you've never visitedUna parábola sencilla y grandiosa sobre la avaricia y sus consecuencias. Puede leerse en cualquier momento, bastante rápido, y deja mucho sobre lo cual reflexionar o, como yo lo digo, suficiente tarea para colocar en la mesita de noche y darle vueltas al apagar la luz. "¿Cuánta tierra necesita un hombre?" relata la historia de un hombre cuya ambición acaba con su vida, un hombre que no parece nunca satisfecho con lo que tiene y, en sus ansias de obtener siempre más de lo que ya posee, debe asumir el precio. La avaricia representa en verdad un peligro, es una cualidad ruin que hace miserable a quien la tiene y que, por descontado, arrebata el alma de quien se deja controlar. Para mí está bastante relacionado con estar muerto y vacío por dentro; permitir que la ambición domine es como el hombre busca llenar esos huecos con cosas que no aportan nada nuevo a uno como persona.Una excelente moraleja, retratado de una manera un tanto irónica y, digamos, también oscura.

  • Nihal Vrana
    2019-02-17 17:47

    This series is a great idea by Penguin. I hated these two stories by Tolstoy though. I now understand Dostoyevsky's disdain for him; seeing someone writing these condescending tales of poverty (oh they are so poor, they can't afford to die) without ever knowing poverty must be annoying for those who really suffer from it (like Dostoyevsky). Throw in the forced religious context, the stories were not really my cup of tea (oh, they are so poor they make tea out of the books after reading them).

  • Oziel Bispo
    2019-02-27 14:26

    "Se eu tivesse muita terra, não temeria nem mesmo o próprio diabo" Assim falou Pakhóm um camponês obcecado por ter sempre mais terras sempre mais. ..Nunca estava satisfeito com o que tinha. Lógico que devemos ser ambiciosos em crescer na vida , mas esse senhor era demais uma ambição sem fim a ponto de desafiar o diabo! Um conto de Tolstoi que mexeu comigo...adorei.

  • Lou
    2019-02-23 16:40

    Preciosa edición ilustrada para una historia muy cortita pero que transmite un importante mensaje: el afán de poseer, de no tener nunca suficiente acaba pasando factura y es que "la avaricia rompe el saco".

  • Elham
    2019-03-09 16:41

    So much.

  • Edgar Trevizo
    2019-02-19 19:39

    Tan hermoso como su título. Una de las historias más bellas que he leído en mi vida. ¡Qué forma de agitar las emociones! Es una exquisitez.

  • Yi Ly
    2019-03-10 14:30

    Mis primeras 5 estrellas del año van para esta historia maravillosa que contiene un gran mensaje.

  • Rita Araújo
    2019-03-11 19:43

  • Samia
    2019-03-19 16:30

    مهما بلغ بنا الطمع فنصيبنا من هذه الأرض حفرة من ستة أقدام هي قبرنا .. حينما ينال الطمع من الإنسان ! حقا كانت قصة معبرة .. أول قراءة لليو تولستوي

  • Eng Fatoom
    2019-02-16 19:29

    "ان كيد الشيطان كان ضعيفا" ولكنه كان قوياً مع باهوم !!!وهل يقتل الانسان شيء غير الطمع؟!!!ما استحق ان يولد من عاش لنفسه فقط!!

  • Alex V.
    2019-03-07 16:32

    Es malo identificarse con el personaje, yo me identifique (maldita sea)."You’re like me. I’m never satisfied". :'c

  • Mohammed Samih
    2019-02-22 16:49

    How Much Land Does a Man Need Is Such a Wonderful Story! Both stories had the same main idea centered around " Mans Greed" although " How Much Land Does a Man Need" was the bigger hit.I don't know if these stories were actually in the Bible, So I judged it as a complete fiction and that's why the 4 Stars .All Hail Russian Literature.

  • Ana Carolina Maciel
    2019-02-24 14:41

    A genious short story about human being's greed that also works like a wake up call. The last sentence was absolute perfection.

  • Aracne Mileto
    2019-03-08 14:36

    La ambición es innata al ser humano. Y nuestra constante insatisfacción ha sido en muchos casos el motor para los grandes avances tecnológicos. Sin embargo, ¿Cuál es el costo a pagar para lograr nuestras metas?Tolstoi nos ha regalado una lectura imperdible, con una moraleja cruda pero real. ¿Se animan?

  • Francisco H. González
    2019-03-10 11:47

    Dijo Joyce que este era el mejor relato -escrito por Tolstói en 1886- que había leído nunca (aunque he leído también que para Joyce era el mejor de Tolstói, no el mejor de todos, así que a saber). Exagerando Joyce o no -creo que sí exagera- el relato es espléndido. Necesita muy pocas palabras Lev Tolstói -en su vis más moralista- para cifrar los anhelos humanos, nuestra codicia, el afán de riquezas, expresado en algo tan terrenal, como el deseo de ser dueño y señor -precisamente- de unas tierras. Pahom, que ha trabajado duramente toda la vida, no tiene tierras en propiedad, hasta que un día se le presenta la ocasión de hacerse propietario, luego terrateniente. ¿Cuándo parar? ¿Cuánto terreno es suficiente? ¿Dónde acaba la ambición, si es que hay freno? El relato mantiene y acrecienta la tensión hasta un final memorable y por otra parte esperado. El libro lo edita Nórdica con traducción de Víctor Gallego e ilustraciones de Elena Odriozola.

  • LunaBel
    2019-03-19 18:50

    How much land does a man need? just enough to be buried in.

  • Ezgi Tülü
    2019-03-19 17:51

    İlkokulda okumamızın zorunlu tutulduğu kitaplardan nasıl kaçtığımı bir ben bilirim, bir de ilkokuldaki sınıf öğretmenim sanırım. O günlere dönüp bakınca kitaplarla nasıl bu kadar içli dışlı oldum, insan sorguluyor. 😂 “İnsan Ne ile Yaşar” da okumaktan kaçtığım o kitaplardan birisiydi. En sonunda geçenlerde Penguin’in Little Black Classics dizisi sayesinde alıp okudum.Kitabın içinde iki hikaye var, biri bizdeki çevirilerinde kitabın adı olan “İnsan Ne ile Yaşar”, diğeri de bu edisyonun adı olan “İnsanın Ne Kadar Toprağa İhtiyacı Var”. Daha önce Tolstoy’dan önce sadece “İvan İlyiç’in Ölümü” okumuştum, o yüzden onun kitaplarına pek hakim olduğum söylenemez. Didaktik kitaplardan pek hoşlanmıyorum, o yüzden bu kitaptaki iyi öykü de bana pek hitap etmedi maalesef. “İnsanın Ne Kadar Toprağa İhtiyacı Var”, açgözlü olmanın sonuçları üzerineydi ve okuyucusuna “açgözlü olmak kötüdür” mesajını veriyordu. Kötü bir mesaj değil kesinlikle fakat okuduğum metinlerin suratıma tokat atar gibi bana bu tarz ahlak dersleri vermesini sevmiyorum. “İnsan Ne ile Yaşar”ı da aklımdan neredeyse tamamen silmişim, onu fark ettim şu an bu yazıyı yazarken. Öyküde ne olup bitti hatırlıyorum ama vermeyi amaçladığı mesajı pek anımsayamıyorum. Okurken pek keyif alamadım maalesef ve ilkokulda okumaktan kaçtığım için de pişman değilim. 😅 Hiçbir şey olmasa en azından artık ne anlattığına dair bir fikrim var, deyip iyi tarafından bakmak lazım tabii. Yakın zamanda bir başka Tolstoy eseri okuyacağımı pek sanmıyorum gerçi.

  • Ken Moten
    2019-03-07 12:54

    My last book before I plunge myself back into The Brothers Karamazov and I chose this one. It was a very good short story that is a morality tale but is not anvilicious. The last words in this story are truer now than when Tolstoy wrote them. Well, back to Dostoevsky!

  • MissSugarTown
    2019-03-14 14:42

    God I love Tolstoy's writing and wisdom ! Two short stories "How Much Land Does A Man Need ?" and "What Men Live By", the first one is about man always wanting more than he actually needs and the second one is about Love and how men only live by love alone. I was angry tonight but I'm feeling more peaceful right now. Thank you Tolstoy.

  • Sadia Mansoor
    2019-03-08 18:32

    One of the first short stories we studied for our introductory course when we joined the English Department, & from there on Leo Tolstoy became my top favorite writer :) The last line will surely give you the goosebumps (Y)