This classic short tale from one of the greatest writers of the 19th century is a parable about the relationship between master and servant, the terrible power of nature, and an encounter with death that saves one man's life and another's soul. Landowner Vassili Andreyich and one of his peasants, Nikita, embark on a trip to a neighboring village on business on the eve of a holiday festival. But bad weather strikes and leaves them stranded in the wilderness... and challenges everything they know about themselves and each other. This classic 1895 story, translated by HENRY BERGEN (b. 1873), will delight and move fans of Tolstoy's, and of all great literature. Russian writer COUNT LEV ("LEO") NIKOLAYEVICH TOLSTOY (1828-1910) is best known for his novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877).