Tolstoy: A Russian Life

Tolstoy: A Russian Life

Rosamund Bartlett

“Magisterial sweep and scale.”—The Independent (UK)

In November 1910, count number Lev Tolstoy died at a distant Russian railway station. on the time of his demise, he was once the main recognized guy in Russia, with a transforming into foreign following, and extra respected than the tsar. Born into an aristocratic relatives, Tolstoy had spent his existence rebelling opposed to not just traditional principles approximately literature and artwork but in addition conventional schooling, relations existence, geared up faith, and the country.

In this, the 1st biography of Tolstoy in additional than two decades, Rosamund Bartlett attracts broadly on key Russian resources, together with a lot interesting fabric made to be had because the cave in of the Soviet Union. She sheds mild on Tolstoy’s extraordinary trip from callow adolescence to author to prophet; discusses his bothered courting along with his spouse, Sonya; and vividly inspires the Russian landscapes Tolstoy so enjoyed and the turbulent occasions during which he lived. chiefly, Bartett provides us an eloquent portrait of the bright, maddening, and opposite guy who has once more been stumbled on through a brand new iteration of readers.

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