The Kreutzer Sonata
by Count Leo Tolstoy
Yet another head scratching inclusion in the 1001 Books To Read Before You Die. This Novella is, I believe, the fullest exposition of Tolstoy's fervent believe that sexual abstinence before marriage should be required both of men AND women. He also thought men should abstain from alcohol and red meat. And this book was really successful at convincing Russians to adopt hie belief system, upon publication, Russia became the first country to ban the consumption of alcohol, and to this stay the ban remains in force, making Russia the dryest non-Islamic nation in the entire world! It's quite a triumph for Tolstoy and his belief system, but somehow he doesn't get credit, which is a shame.