The Portable Tolstoy
The greatest of Russian novelists believed that "whatever the artist depicts - saints, robbers, kings, or lackeys - we seek and see only the artist's own soul" The soul that shines through the work of Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828-1910) is a vast and contradictory thing. It generates the narrative floodtides of War and Peace and Anna Karenina and short stories so intimate...more
Paperback, The Viking Portable Library #91, 888 pages
Published September 28th 1978 by Penguin Books
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John Bayley is a fine scholar and critic, but there are few sillier notions than that of a portable Tolstoy. I am reminded of Johnson's remark about "the pedant in Hierocles, who, when he offered his house to sale, carried a brick in his pocket as a specimen.”
Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой; commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries) was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider To...moreMore about Leo Tolstoy...