Leo Tolstoy: Resident and Stranger

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Much of what was central to Tolstoy seems embarrassing to Western and Soviet critics, points out Richard Gustafson in his absorbing argument for the predominance of Tolstoy's religious viewpoint in all his writings. Received opinion says that there are two Tolstoys, the pre-conversion artist and the post-conversion religious thinker and prophet, but Professor Gustafson argues convincingly that the man is not two, but one.

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Much of what was central to Tolstoy seems embarrassing to Western and Soviet critics, points out Richard Gustafson in his absorbing argument for the predominance of Tolstoy's religious viewpoint in all his writings. Received opinion says that there are two Tolstoys, the pre-conversion artist and the post-conversion religious thinker and prophet, but Professor Gustafson argues convincingly that the man is not two, but one.

Originally published in 1986.

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"Richard Gustafson has written what will undoubtedly prove to be one of the major studies of Tolstoy produced in his generation . . . an especially thoughtful book, full of ideas, insights, and perceptions that are very much Gustafson's own."—Hugh McLean, The Russian Review
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This serious and important book challenges the widely held view of Tolstoy as two radically different men, ``the pre-conversion artist and the post-conversion religious thinker.'' By using the later works to clarify the earlier ones, Gustafson argues persuasively for the essential coherence of Tolstoy's work, a coherence that stems from his religious thinking and his desperate life-long search for faith. This book is a remarkable piece of scholarship and should appeal both to scholars and the general public, especially those interested in Tolstoy's work, in theology, or in the history of ideas. Essential for research libraries and recommended for other large collections. Joyce S. Toomre, Russian Research Ctr. , Harvard Univ.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691602189
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/14/2014
  • Series: Princeton Legacy Library Series
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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