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"Evil Allures, But Good Endures" ("Вражье лепко, а божье крепко") (AKA: Hatred is Sweet, but God is Strong) is a short story by Leo Tolstoy written in 1885. It is commonly included in the massively-reproduced collection Twenty-three Tales.

Literary Criticism[edit]

In 1923, it was listed in the index of short stories for Leo Tolstoy by Ina Ten Eyck Firkins.[1]

According to the Cambridge Companion, the work was modeled on the lubok, the traditional, early-printed sheets in Russian literary circles, similar to the work of European Renaissance scribes, where imagery was interwoven with the worded message.[2] According to a literary study published by University of Santo Tomas, this was another example of a Tolstoy work where the moral was definitely present and even in the title.[3]

Publication History[edit]

Like many other Tolstoy pieces, this work has been republished in English dozens of times. It was republished in hardback or paperback in 1924,[4] 2008,[5] 2009,[6] and 2020.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ina Ten Eyck Firkins (1923). Index to short stories. H.W. Wilson Company. p. 462.
  2. ^ Donna Tussing Orwin, ed. (2002). The Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy. Cambridge University Press. p. 121. ISBN 9780521520003.
  3. ^ Unitas. Vol. 30, Issues 1-2. University of Santo Tomás. 1957. p. 318.
  4. ^ Leo Tolstoy (1924). Twenty-three Tales. H. Milford; Oxford University Press. p. 162.
  5. ^ Leo Tolstoy (2008). Twenty-three Tales: Easyread Super Large 20pt Edition. CreateSpace. p. 69. ISBN 9781427036063.
  6. ^ Leo Tolstoy (2009). Walk in the Light and Twenty-Three Tales. Translated by Aylmer Maude. Digireads.com Publishing.
  7. ^ Leo Tolstoy (2020). The Greatest Short Stories Of Leo Tolstoy. Delhi Open Books.

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