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Tolstoy Journal, August 10, 2017: “He has indeed searched for God, but with no humility, and found only himself”

The feature image is of Tolstoy and his brothers, Sergius, Nikolai, and Dmitri. The latter is the brother who was very religious but then went a bit crazy and lived a life as dissipated as it had previously been religious and who died from tuberculosis in Leo’s arms. I am up to page 243 in… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 10, 2017: “He has indeed searched for God, but with no humility, and found only himself”

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Tolstoy Journal, August 9, 2017: “The horrible paradox” of Russia.

The featured image is of Leo and Nikolai Tolstoy. Nikolai is the brother who told the story about the Ant Brotherhood and the green stick. Some thought he also could have been a great writer. I am up to page 216 of Volume XV of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi or… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 9, 2017: “The horrible paradox” of Russia.

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Tolstoy Journal, August 8, 2017: “soul-secrets hidden from us”

The featured image is a photography of Leo Tolstoy’s wife, Sofia, taken from the new book, Tolstoy and Tolstaya: A Portrait of a Life in Letters, which you can read a new review of here. I have to page 189 of Volume XV of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi, and am in the… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 8, 2017: “soul-secrets hidden from us”

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Tolstoy Journal, August 7, 2017: When I have scooped the sea dry, then I shall stop.

The featured image is of Tolstoy and his wife taken from Tolstoy and Tolstaya: A Portrait of a Life in Letters. I am up to page 164 of Volume XV of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi, and will start a section called “Yasnaya Polyana School.” I have read the front matter of… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 7, 2017: When I have scooped the sea dry, then I shall stop.

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Tolstoy Journal, August 5, 2017: Is Russian about to explode?

The featured image is of a review copy of Tolstoy and Tolstaya: A Portrait of a Life in Letters edited by Andrew Donskov. I read a review of it in the The Literary Review of Canada (via Prufrock News, I believe) and was able to have a publication sponsor me to get a copy of it. So I… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 5, 2017: Is Russian about to explode?

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Tolstoy Journal, August 3, 2017: “War & Peace is in my opinion the best novel”–C. S. Lewis

The featured image is of another book I bought in Houston, The Portable Nineteenth-Century Russian Reader edited by George Gibian. I bought this because I love the photograph on the cover (entitled Tolstoy riding, Yasnaya Polyana by Karl Karlovich Bulla) and because I thought it would give me a good overview of the literary context of Tolstoy’s… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 3, 2017: “War & Peace is in my opinion the best novel”–C. S. Lewis

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Tolstoy Journal, August 2, 2017: The will to power or love.

The featured image is of a book, War Is A Lie, I bought in Houston at one of those great Half-Price Bookstores. I was thinking of Tolstoy when I bought it. Not sure I will agree that World War II was unnecessary, but I am a lot more open to the pacifist position than I used… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 2, 2017: The will to power or love.