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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.”

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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 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.”

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Tolstoy Journal, June 1, 2017: “The sense of shame is lost.”

The photograph is of the video I wrote about yesterday. It looks kind of hokey but it was a moving video to watch with the kids. I got my reading done, finished both Volume X of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi and A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne, one of Tolstoy’s… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 1, 2017: “The sense of shame is lost.”

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Tolstoy Journal: May 30, 2017: “All modern sciences do the very opposite of what they set out to do.”

I am up to page 325 of Volume X of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi, or Chapter XXXIII of Youth. And up to page 116 of A Sentimental Journey. What struck me in the last few days of reading Youth was that Tolstoy’s writing was improving as he went along but… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal: May 30, 2017: “All modern sciences do the very opposite of what they set out to do.”

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Tolstoy Journal, May 23, 2017: There is little joy in the Tolstoys’ family life.

Now I am up to page 150 of Volume X of the Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi, or Chapter XI of Boyhood. I also read the first 15 pages of A Sentimental Journey, which in the Penguin Edition I have means I’m still in the introduction. On the face of it, I can’t… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 23, 2017: There is little joy in the Tolstoys’ family life.