This reader presents a novel "Otets Sergij" (Father Sergius) by Lev Tolstoy, a great Russian writer of the 19th century.
This is the story about Stepan Kasatskiy, a young duke and a talented officer with great prospects ahead. But a sudden stroke of fate changes everything for him. So he abandons his career and social status and retires to a cloister. From now on he is Father Sergius.
The text has been adapted for learners of the Russian language working at C1 level. Commentaries on the text and comprehension exercises are included with the book to check understanding. The reader also presents interesting facts about Tolstoy's life.