God and Man According to Tolstoy

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Palgrave Macmillan, May 15, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 254 pages
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This polemical work treats Tolstoy as one of the midwives of modern counterculture and reassesses his enduring influence. Boot argues that Tolstoy’s philosophy was based on a metaphysical blunder and tries to correct preconceived notions of Tolstoy’s work. Through a unique examination of Tolstoy’s religious beliefs, Boot arrives at the conclusion that Tolstoy was not a Christian, as widely thought, but a self-deifying atheist and nihilist. These traits are traced back to Tolstoy’s personality which, according to the psychiatric report used in the book, may have been influenced by mental instability. From these new angles on Tolstoy, the book is able to shed light into the historical and intellectual landscape of Russia.

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About the author (2009)

Alexander Boot is the author of How the West Was Lost and has published articles on a wide variety of subjects in British and American journals. He was born in Russia where he received an advanced degree in philology from Moscow University, taught English and American literature, and got in trouble with the KGB before emigrating in 1973. Mr. Boot currently divides his time between London and Burgundy and is working on his next book.