Tolstoy by Rosamund Bartlett
A Russian Life

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He...parlayed his stature as a writer into enormous social and political power. This is the story that Bartlett tells more thoroughly than any other English-language biographer, and it is a fascinating one.
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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.

 

About Rosamund Bartlett

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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.
 
Published November 8, 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 561 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by DONNA TUSSING ORWIN on Feb 10 2012

He...parlayed his stature as a writer into enormous social and political power. This is the story that Bartlett tells more thoroughly than any other English-language biographer, and it is a fascinating one.

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