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Tolstoy Journal, June 12, 2017: “Their chief mistake is the superstition that one can arrange human life.”

I have reached p. 220 of Volume XI of The Novels and Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi, that is, in the midst of “Sevastopol in December.” What I noticed in these pages besides the usual mastery of physical and psychical detail is how much it reminded me of Hemingway’s early writing. It is written in… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 12, 2017: “Their chief mistake is the superstition that one can arrange human life.”

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Tolstoy Journal, June 9, 2017: “The best writers are always strict with themselves.”

I checked out Love and Hatred: The Stormy Marriage of Leo and Sonya Tolstoy from the local library yesterday. Looks to be a good one. I am still a bit behind on my reading, hope to catch up this weekend. I am up to page 141 of Volume XI of The Novels and Other Works… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 9, 2017: “The best writers are always strict with themselves.”

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Tolstoy Journal, June 8, 2017: “An endless ecstasy over Schopenhauer.”

Well, I am behind on my Tolstoy reading because I made the mistake of buying a book by the philosopher, John Gray. So last night I ended up reading more than half of Straw Dogs. I have also read The Immortalization Commission and The Silence of Animals. So, while reading, I thought how can I tie this into… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 8, 2017: “An endless ecstasy over Schopenhauer.”

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Tolstoy Journal: June 7, 2017: “Why should I not live for others?”

Last night during my holy hour I read “How to Resist Evil” from The Kingdom of God Is Within You, “What Pierre Learned from Platon the Peasant” from War and Peace, “God Sees the Truth but Waits,” and “A Spark Neglected Burns the House.” I am also up to page 118 of Volume XI of The Novels… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal: June 7, 2017: “Why should I not live for others?”

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Tolstoy Journal, June 6, 2017: “A piece of one’s flesh.”

The two books above are the ones Tolstoy had with him when he was dying in the train station at Astapovo. I realized they have to be on my travel booklist also. I have read The Brothers Karamazov twice, but never read more than a smattering of Montaigne. You can reformulate, yet again, Berlin’s The Hedgehog and… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 6, 2017: “A piece of one’s flesh.”

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Tolstoy Journal, June 5, 2017: The Angel of Silence

The map above is from the Modern Library edition of The Cossacks, a translation by Peter Constantine with an introduction by Cynthia Ozick from which I want to include passages in here. I think took another good step in thinking about the book I will write next year based on this blog. I had already… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 5, 2017: The Angel of Silence

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Tolstoy Journal, June 2, 2017: “The banality of Liberalism.”

Yesterday I read up to page 18 of Volume XI of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi, or Chapter IV of The Cossacks. I also read up to page 210 of the first volume of the Simmons biography of Tolstoy. The illustration above is the frontispiece of Volume XI: it is entitled,… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 2, 2017: “The banality of Liberalism.”