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Tolstoy Journal, June 24, 2017: Two Different Christs and Titanic Arrogance

Well, I got way behind on my reading but have caught up this Saturday morning, up to page 144 of Volume XII of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi. That is, I have finished reading “The Wood-Cutting Expedition,” “An Old Acquaintance,” and “Lost on the Steppe; or, The Snowstorm.” Next comes “Polikushka”… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 24, 2017: Two Different Christs and Titanic Arrogance

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Tolstoy Journal, June 21, 2017: “The spiritual future of the human race.”

I am forty pages behind on my reading today, as usual on Wednesday, but, as usual again, I read some pages of The Gospel in Tolstoy during my holy hour. I read “The Healing of Prince Andrei,” from War and Peace, “The Repentant Sinner,” “A Grain as Big as Big as a Hen’s Egg,” and the… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 21, 2017: “The spiritual future of the human race.”

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Tolstoy Journal, June 20, 2017: “his handsome eyes, from which the lashes were gone, still gleamed with fire.”

The illustration above is from the frontispiece of Volume XII of The Novel and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi. It is called “The Invaders” and is by T. V. Chominski. I couldn’t find much about him online but auction sites; however there is a mention of him in a book I found on Google… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 20, 2017: “his handsome eyes, from which the lashes were gone, still gleamed with fire.”

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Tolstoy Journal, June 19, 2017: “The fact that we are alive is for Tolstoy the most interesting thing about us.”

The featured image is of the “travel book” I bought because Tolstoy called Rousseau, his master. I have finished Volume XI of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi and am on page 21 of Volume XII, or up to Chapter VIII of “The Invaders,” which is more commonly translated as “The Raid.”… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 19, 2017: “The fact that we are alive is for Tolstoy the most interesting thing about us.”

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Tolstoy Journal, June 16, 2017: Joyce and Tolstoy

In honor of Bloomsday I am featuring James Joyce in the image today. I already have a blog about how highly he thought of Tolstoy here. Which always kind of surprised me because sometimes I think of Joyce as a sort of amoral writer, but, really, he wasn’t. He didn’t believe in dogma but he did… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 16, 2017: Joyce and Tolstoy

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Tolstoy Journal, June 14, 2017: “It is difficult even to imagine. . . . a writer bearing in his soul such a terrible dream as Count Tolstoy bears in his.”

I am behind on my regular Tolstoy reading, but during my early morning holy hour I did read “Nekhlyudov Seeks Redemption,” from The Gospel of Tolstoy. Which is an excerpt from Resurrection.  Nekhlyudov, an aristocrat, has seduced Maslova, a servant girl, but abandons her to her fate. Later he serves as juror to her trial and then… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 14, 2017: “It is difficult even to imagine. . . . a writer bearing in his soul such a terrible dream as Count Tolstoy bears in his.”

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Tolstoy Journal, June 13, 2017: “Vanity! vanity! and vanity everywhere, even on the brink of the grave.”

Tolstoy: A Russian Life by Rosemary Bartlett is a “travel book” I got at my local library. It has good blurbs from A. N. Wilson and Jay Parini. I have read up to page 241 in Volume XI of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi, or Chapter VII of “Sevastopol in May.”… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 13, 2017: “Vanity! vanity! and vanity everywhere, even on the brink of the grave.”