In Resurrection, Dmitri Ivanovich Nekhlydov is haunted by a memory. Following his short affair with a maid, the girl was thrown out of her job and forced to turn to prostitution. She is then falsely accused of murder and sent to Siberia. Discovering this, Nekhlydov is consumed with guilt, visits her and meets others unjustly injured in prison.
Tolstoy’s last major novel, criticises and condemns political and religious institutions alike that result in painful injustice.