Wittgenstein probably read the Confession while in an Italian prisoner-of-war camp during the First World War. This work along with Tolstoy's gospel harmonization entitled The Gospels in Brief, profoundly influenced the young Wittgenstein and probably accounts for the metaphysical theories expounded in the sixth section of Tractatus-Logico Philosophicus. Tolstoy's Confession is a highly readable, gripping autobiography of Tolstoy's attempt to come to terms with the meaning of his life. As readers we can't help but get caught up in his search; you won't be able to put this one down!
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