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Tolstoy Journal, August 15, 2017: Tolstoy, ”a queer combination of the brain of an English chemist with the soul of an Indian Buddhist.”

The featured image–once again from Tolstoy and Tolstaya: A Portrait of a Life in Letters–is of Sofia Tolstoy. I have read up to page 377 of Volume XV of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi and should be ten pages into Volume XVI and “Master and Man” by the end of the… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 15, 2017: Tolstoy, ”a queer combination of the brain of an English chemist with the soul of an Indian Buddhist.”

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Tolstoy Journal, August 14, 2017: “the Tolstoyan ocean.”

Well, I have fallen behind on my reading of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi because–I have been reading Tolstoy. I finished last night reading what I’ve been calling my “psychedelic Tolstoy.” It was a very good, very challenging read. Though I have to catch up on my regular Tolstoy journey now.… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 14, 2017: “the Tolstoyan ocean.”

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Tolstoy Journal, August 12, 2017: “Everything, everything I understand, I understand only because I love.”

The featured image is from Tolstoy: The Inner Drama by Hugh I’Anson Fausset. The only information in the book about it is that it is from the Maudes’ biography of Tolstoy and it is Tolstoy in 1906. I have read up to page 297 of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi, or the… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 12, 2017: “Everything, everything I understand, I understand only because I love.”

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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.