There were tears in his eyes when he said these things -tears of joy - on the awakening within him of that spiritual being , and tears of emotion over his own virtue . He felt warm and opened a window which looked into a garden .
Author: graf Leo Tolstoy
Resurrection, the last of Tolstoy's major novels, tells the story of a nobleman's attempt to redeem himself for the suffering his youthful philandering caused a peasant girl. Tolstoy's vision of redemption achieved through loving forgiveness, and his condemnation of violence dominate the novel. An intimate, psychological tale of guilt, anger, and forgiveness, Resurrection is at the same time a panoramic description of social life in Russia at the end of the nineteenth century, reflecting Tolstoy's outrage at the social injustices of the world in which he lived.