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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, June 24, 2017: Two Different Christs and Titanic Arrogance

Well, I got way behind on my reading but have caught up this Saturday morning, up to page 144 of Volume XII of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi. That is, I have finished reading “The Wood-Cutting Expedition,” “An Old Acquaintance,” and “Lost on the Steppe; or, The Snowstorm.” Next comes “Polikushka”… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 24, 2017: Two Different Christs and Titanic Arrogance

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Tolstoy Journal, June 21, 2017: “The spiritual future of the human race.”

I am forty pages behind on my reading today, as usual on Wednesday, but, as usual again, I read some pages of The Gospel in Tolstoy during my holy hour. I read “The Healing of Prince Andrei,” from War and Peace, “The Repentant Sinner,” “A Grain as Big as Big as a Hen’s Egg,” and the… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 21, 2017: “The spiritual future of the human race.”

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Tolstoy Journal, May 31, 2017: Tolstoy the Folklorist

Well, I did not get my reading done yesterday, so now I am behind 50 pages in Volume X and 30 pages behind in Sterne. But I should finish them tonight and onto Volume XI (The Cossacks and Sevastopol sketches) tomorrow! I did, however, read some of The Gospel in Tolstoy last night during my… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 31, 2017: Tolstoy the Folklorist

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Tolstoy Journal, April 2, 2017: “All that matters if feeding the lake.”

I have read  a bit more than half of this first volume of Tolstoy’s Collected Shorter Fiction translated by the Maudes. I think most of these stories are included in the Works, except, as I have mentioned, Hadji Murad and Father Sergius, which were written after these 24 volumes were published. I had a moment… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, April 2, 2017: “All that matters if feeding the lake.”

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Tolstoy Journal, March 31, 2017: Tolstoy Refutes Daniel Dennett!

This morning I finished reading Volume VI of the Works and Novels of Lyof Tolstoi and so finished reading War and Peace. Tomorrow I start Volume VII, the next three volumes consisting of Anna Karenina. I have been copying and pasting the texts of these blogs into a word document, and wondering how I would… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, March 31, 2017: Tolstoy Refutes Daniel Dennett!