Leo Tolstoy, author of some of the most celebrated works of fiction in history including War and Peace, was already quite rich and famous when he began to ask himself a desperate question: “What is the meaning of life?”
A Confession is Tolstoy wrestling with this question on paper. A vastly intelligent man enjoying the upper-crust of Russian society in the late 1800’s, Tolstoy went to war with a disparaging notion that life ends in death and is ultimately quite futile. In his quest for answers he digs deep into philosophy, science and religions around the world before his quest concludes with the Jesus of the Christian bible.
Tolstoy went on to adopt the life of a peasant and became an author of great theological works on Christianity and non-violence that continue to challenge and inspire his readers a hundred-plus years later.