Paper $19.00 ISBN: 9781789141993 Will Publish January 1900 For sale in North and South America only

Leo Tolstoy

Andrei Zorin

Leo Tolstoy

Andrei Zorin

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224 pages | 40 halftones | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $19.00 ISBN: 9781789141993 Will Publish January 1900 For sale in North and South America only
When he arrived in Moscow in 1851, a young Leo Tolstoy set himself three immediate aims: to gamble, to marry, and to obtain a post. At that time he managed only the first. The writer’s momentous life would be full of forced breaks and abrupt departures, from the death of his beloved parents and tortuous courtship to a deep spiritual crisis and an abandonment of the social class into which he had been born. He also made several attempts to break up with literature, but each time he returned to writing.
 
In this original and comprehensive biography, Andrei Zorin skillfully pieces together the life of one of the greatest novelists of all time. He offers both an innovative account of Tolstoy’s deepest feelings, emotions, and motives, as reflected in his personal diaries and letters, and a brilliant interpretation of his major works, including his celebrated novels on contemporary Russian society, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, and his significant philosophical writings.
Contents
1 An Ambitious Orphan 2 A Married Genius 3 A Lonely Leader 4 A Fugitive Celebrity References Select Bibliography Acknowledgements Photo Acknowledgements
Review Quotes
Donald Rayfield, Emeritus Professor of Russian and Georgian, Queen Mary, University of London
“I know of no other biography of Tolstoy as succinct, as objective, as readable, or as thought-provoking as Zorin’s.”
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Albert Guérard Professor in Literature, Emeritus, Stanford University
“Zorin’s life of Tolstoy marks the arrival of a new genre. In four densely documented and beautifully written chapters, Zorin has produced a masterpiece where erudition and intellectual elegance intersect.”
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