Tolstoy: A Russian Life (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nov 8, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 544 pages
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“Magisterial sweep and scale.”—The Independent (UK)

In November 1910, Count Lev Tolstoy died at a remote Russian railway station. At the time of his death, he was the most famous man in Russia, with a growing international following, and more revered than the tsar. Born into an aristocratic family, Tolstoy had spent his life rebelling against not only conventional ideas about literature and art but also traditional education, family life, organized religion, and the state.

In this, the first biography of Tolstoy in more than twenty years, Rosamund Bartlett draws extensively on key Russian sources, including much fascinating material made available since the collapse of the Soviet Union. She sheds light on Tolstoy’s remarkable journey from callow youth to writer to prophet; discusses his troubled relationship with his wife, Sonya; and vividly evokes the Russian landscapes Tolstoy so loved and the turbulent times in which he lived. Above all, Bartett gives us an eloquent portrait of the brilliant, maddening, and contrary man who has once again been discovered by a new generation of readers.

  

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Easy to read and understand. - Goodreads
Bartlett provides insight into the parents marriage. - Goodreads

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Contents

9 NOVELIST
10 PILGRIM NIHILIST MUZHIK
11 SECTARIAN ANARCHIST HOLY FOOL
12 ELDER APOSTATE AND TSAR
Epilogue
NOTES
FURTHER READING IN ENGLISH
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

5 LANDOWNER GAMBLER OFFICER WRITER
6 LITERARY DUELLIST AND REPENTANT NOBLEMAN
7 HUSBAND BEEKEEPER AND EPIC POET
8 STUDENT TEACHER FATHER
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
INDEX
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Rosamund Bartlett's previous books include Wagner and Russia and the acclaimed Chekhov: Scenes from a Life. An authority on Russian cultural history, she has also achieved renown as a translator of Chekhov.

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