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Tolstoy
     

Tolstoy

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by Henri Troyat
 

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Tolstoy was at least as interesting as the books he wrote, his own character more complex than any he marshalled in print. He is often called the world's greatest novelist, though he wrote only two novels that were successful.

The source of Tolstoy's genius lay in a contradiction deep in his character. A nobleman, he wanted to live like a

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Part Three Of Three Parts

Tolstoy was at least as interesting as the books he wrote, his own character more complex than any he marshalled in print. He is often called the world's greatest novelist, though he wrote only two novels that were successful.

The source of Tolstoy's genius lay in a contradiction deep in his character. A nobleman, he wanted to live like a peasant. A soldier, he preached non-violence. A sensualist, he embraced the spiritual.

Only in his writing could he give expression to those conflicting impulses. And like many artists, his personal life was a disaster...estranged from his wife and family, remote from the peasants he tried to emulate, finally dying at age 82 on his way to join a monastery.

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Troyat (the nom de plume of Russian-born Lev Tarasov) won numerous awards in France for his novels and nonfiction, especially his literary biographies. His life of Tolstoy, long an essential work for students and fans of the Russian novelist, here joins Grove's Great Lives series—and "great," in this case, is certainly no hype. When Kirkus reviewed the original English edition (Oct. 15, 1967, p.1305), we noticed that this "panoramic" study brilliantly charted Tolstoy's "titanic struggles . . . to keep his complex, dispiriting love-hate relationship with life from wringing him dry." Troyat carefully reconstructed the six years of work that emerged as War and Peace, and he chronicled Tolstoy's "all-consuming doubt in the viability, indeed the moral worth, of the imagination." While attending to the everyday events in Tolstoy's life—his marriage, his literary friendships, his voluntary poverty—Troyat narrated "a tremendous story, surprisingly modern." Our final verdict: a "beautiful book."

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ISBN-13:
9780374980108
Publisher:
Hippocrene Books, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1980
Pages:
762

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Tolstoy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Troyat authored the definitive biography of the great author Leo Tolstoy. Beautifully written, you really get the sense of who the man was and how he came about writing such incredible works such as The Life and Death of Ivan Ilyitch, Anna Karenena, and War and Peace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago