Published for the first time in Russia in around 1870, this small book, the author of which remains unknown, represents one of the most beautiful texts on Russian orthodoxy. Through a text with a style retaining the charm of popular language, the reader discovers Russian piety, in its purest form. Numerous colourful episodes bring us into direct contact with ancient Russia, the inspiration for the great writers of the previous century. In the Pilgrim’s tales, it in fact depicts a contemplative tradition dating back to the first centuries of the Christian East, as applied by a contemporary of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, if not also Lenin. The introduction and notes provide the guidance necessary for a full understanding of the text.