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?
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.
The featured image is of the frontispiece of Volume XV of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi. It is called “The Long Exile” and is by T. V. Chominski. This month the volumes are longer than usual and I need to read on average 27 pages a day to get both read.… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 1, 2017: Education, Serendipity, and “Things cannot go on in this crazy, barbarous way.”
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.”
Today is the day that my father died at age 59 in 1999. I’m not sure what that has to do with this blog but it certainly has to do with Tolstoy who tried to face death more squarely than anyone. I remember when I got off the phone with Dad when he had told… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, March 30, 2017: “the circle of Eternity, that ultimate limit”