The Tolstoy EstateThe Tolstoy Estate

Tolstoy, of course, is at the novel's heart, and in its very soul.' Luke Slattery, author, journalist, Books Editor of Australian Financial Review 'A riveting story of war, love and literature - Conte's prose does not miss a beat.

Author: Steven Conte

Publisher: HarperCollins Australia

ISBN: 9781460712573


Page: 416

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Epic in scope, ambitious and astonishingly good, The Tolstoy Estate proclaims Steven Conte as one of Australia's finest writers. From the winner of the inaugural Prime Minister's Literary Award, Steven Conte, comes a powerful, densely rich and deeply affecting novel of love, war and literature In the first year of the doomed German invasion of Russia in WWII, a German military doctor, Paul Bauer, is assigned to establish a field hospital at Yasnaya Polyana - the former grand estate of Count Leo Tolstoy, the author of the classic War and Peace. There he encounters a hostile aristocratic Russian woman, Katerina Trubetzkaya, a writer who has been left in charge of the estate. But even as a tentative friendship develops between them, Bauer's hostile and arrogant commanding officer, Julius Metz, becomes erratic and unhinged as the war turns against the Germans. Over the course of six weeks, in the terrible winter of 1941, everything starts to unravel... From the critically acclaimed and award-winning author, Steven Conte, The Tolstoy Estate is ambitious, accomplished and astonishingly good: an engrossing, intense and compelling exploration of the horror and brutality of conflict, and the moral, emotional, physical and intellectual limits that people reach in war time. It is also a poignant, bittersweet love story - and, most movingly, a novel that explores the notion that literature can still be a potent force for good in our world. 'Reading a book that is such a complete world, evoked in such fine detail, is almost wickedly satisfying ... Elegant, intelligent, utterly engrossing and immersive ... He reminds us that travel is always possible in the imagination even when reality goes dark and that literature always leads us towards the light.' Caroline Baum 'Steven Conte has written a sweeping historical saga spanning the second world WAR and the frigid decades of PEACE that followed; an essential novel about essential things - love's triumphs and failures, the redoubtable human spirit, and the power of literary art itself. Tolstoy, of course, is at the novel's heart, and in its very soul.' Luke Slattery, author, journalist, Books Editor of Australian Financial Review 'A riveting story of war, love and literature - Conte's prose does not miss a beat.' Jane Gleeson-White, award-winning author of Classics and Double Entry

Americans in Conversation with TolstoyAmericans in Conversation with Tolstoy

estate had caught a moujik in the act of cutting down and carting o› trees from the
Count's forest. He brought the thief to Tolstoy and proposed to take him before
the court. “Let him go, poor fellow,” said the author of “Christ's Christianity.

Author: Peter Sekirin

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786481651


Page: 228

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Throughout his life, Leo Tolstoy demonstrated a fascination for Americans, a feeling that was avidly reciprocated in the United States. Although Tolstoy was never able to come to America, during his lifetime he was visited at his home in Russia by a number of Americans including writers, journalists, ambassadors, professors and tourists. Many wrote about the conversations they had with the great Russian novelist. This volume gathers together 30 recollections of such conversations, all originally published in periodicals from 1887 through 1923. A brief introduction to each piece introduces the author of the narrative with concise biographical information, and a bibliographical note indicates the time and place of original publication.


During the celebrations to mark the October Revolution in besieged Leningrad in
1941,Tolstoy's stories about the ... And on 9 September 1978, to mark the 150th
anniversary of Tolstoy's birth, the 'Museum-estate Yasnaya Polyana'was ...

Author: Rosamund Bartlett

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 9780547545875


Page: 544

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This biography of the brilliant author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina “should become the first resort for everyone drawn to its titanic subject” (Booklist, starred review). In November 1910, Count Lev Tolstoy died at a remote Russian railway station. At the time of his death, he was the most famous man in Russia, more revered than the tsar, with a growing international following. Born into an aristocratic family, Tolstoy spent his existence rebelling against not only conventional ideas about literature and art but also traditional education, family life, organized religion, and the state. In “an epic biography that does justice to an epic figure,” Rosamund Bartlett draws extensively on key Russian sources, including fascinating material that has only become available since the collapse of the Soviet Union (Library Journal, starred review). She sheds light on Tolstoy’s remarkable journey from callow youth to writer to prophet; discusses his troubled relationship with his wife, Sonya; and vividly evokes the Russian landscapes Tolstoy so loved and the turbulent times in which he lived.

Lenin s Private WarLenin s Private War

Tolstaya, who might have been a candidate for the 1922 lists but did not emigrate
until 1929, went to see Lunacharsky in 1919 to protest at the proletariat's
unsuitable plans for the Tolstoy heritage. She told him: 'I think that the Tolstoy
estate ...

Author: Lesley Chamberlain

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429969727


Page: 432

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In 1922, Lenin personally drew up a list of some 160 ‘undesirable' intellectuals – mostly philosophers, academics, scientists and journalists – to be deported from the new Soviet State. ‘We're going to cleanse Russia once and for all' he wrote to Stalin, whose job it was to oversee the deportation. Two ships sailed from Petrograd that autumn, taking Old Russia's eminent men and their families away to what would become permanent exile in Berlin, Prague and Paris. Lesley Chamberlain creates a rich portrait of this chilling historical moment, evoked with immediacy through the journals, letters, and memoirs of the exiles.

Tolstoy at Yasnaya PolyanaTolstoy at Yasnaya Polyana

Examines Tolstoy's complex and contradictory relationship with the two thousand-acre estate where he was born, showing how it became the central metaphor of his life

Author: Patricia Chute

Publisher: Harpercollins

ISBN: UCAL:B4396333


Page: 175

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Examines Tolstoy's complex and contradictory relationship with the two thousand-acre estate where he was born, showing how it became the central metaphor of his life

Dracula s GuestDracula s Guest

Aleksei Tolstoy (1817–1875) Although he pales in significance beside his distant
cousin Leo, Aleksei Konstantinovich Tolstoy ... he originally wrote the story in
1839, under the pseudonym Krasnorogsky (after Krasny Rog, the Tolstoy estate).

Author: Michael Sims

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408828533


Page: 480

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Even in the twenty-first century, the undead walk among us... Before Twilight and True Blood, vampires haunted the nineteenth century, when brilliant writers indulged their bloodthirsty imaginations, culminating in Bram Stoker's legendary 1897 novel, Dracula. Acclaimed author and anthologist Michael Sims brings together the finest vampire stories of the Victorian era in a unique collection that highlights their cultural variety. Beginning with the supposedly true accounts that captivated Byron and Shelley, the stories range from Aleksei Tolstoy's tale of a vampire family to Fitz James O'Brien's invisible monster to Mary Elizabeth Braddon's rich and sinister widow, Good Lady Ducayne. Sims also includes a nineteenth-century travel tour of Transylvanian superstitions, and finishes the collection with Stoker's own Dracula's Guest - a chapter omitted from his landmark novel. Vampires captivated Victorian society, and these wonderful stories demonstrate how Romantic and Victorian writers refined the raw ore of peasant superstition into a whole vampire mythology of aristocratic decadence and innocence betrayed.

Gentleman FarmerGentleman Farmer

He at once introduced himself as Mr. Chertkoff , a follower of Tolstoy's , and who
lives in the vicinity . Mr. Chertkoff proved a most entertaining ... A PEASANT



ISBN: NYPL:33433006719037



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Two Shining SoulsTwo Shining Souls

As a graduate student, during my first trip to Russia (then the Soviet Union), I
visited the Tolstoy estate-museum at Yasnaya Polyana (Clear Glade, the
Clearing), his country home situated some 130 miles south of Moscow—a
moving ...

Author: James Cracraft

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739174500


Page: 179

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In Two Shining Souls, Cracraft explores the decades-long encounter of Jane Addams (1860-1935), the famous American social reformer and peace activist, with Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), the acclaimed Russian writer and sage. This hitherto untold story highlights the crisis in global pacifism precipitated by World War I. Never before had the quest for international peace seemed more promising; never since, in the wake of World War II, the Cold War, and the “War on Terror”, has it seemed more impossible. Yet perhaps the story of these two shining souls has never needed to be told more.

The Life and Times of Leo TolstoyThe Life and Times of Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy spenthisearlyyearsatthefamily'sYasnaya Polyana estate in the
province of Tula and in fact, rarely traveled little beyond the boundaries of his
family's holdings. The estate was not far from the provincial capital of Tula and a
main ...

Author: Golgotha Press

Publisher: Golgotha Press

ISBN: 9781610424820


Page: 50

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Leo Tolstoy is the Russian novelist, playwright, and essayist best known for writing the epics "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina." Find out here what inspired him to write all of his works in this biography about the his life and the times that he lived.


All the Tolstoy sons were now their own masters and the inheritance could be
divided up. ... one-fourteenth of the movable goods and one-eighth of the real
property of their parents' estate, the remainder being divided equally among the

Author: Henri Troyat

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 0802137687


Page: 762

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Leo Tolstoy embodies the most extraordinary contradictions. He was a wealthy aristocrat who preached the virtues of poverty and the peasant life, a misogynist who wrote Anna Karenina, and a supreme writer who declared, "Literature is rubbish." From Tolstoy's famously bad marriage to his enormously successful career, Troyat presents a brilliant portrait that reads like an epic novel written by Tolstoy himself.

The Tolstoy Family s ArkThe Tolstoy Family s Ark

Through a detailed study of the diaries and letters written by the people close to the events, Fumiko Davis investigates the unusual circumstances leading to Tolstoy's disappearance, and unveils a touching story about the private life of a ...

Author: Fumiko Davis


ISBN: 9814610755


Page: 344

View: 548

In the autumn of 1910, the celebrated Russian writer Leo Tolstoy secretly left his estate in Yasnaya Polyana in the dark hours of the night. A few days later, he died in a train station, at the age of 82. Why did he leave his family, and where was he headed? Through a detailed study of the diaries and letters written by the people close to the events, Fumiko Davis investigates the unusual circumstances leading to Tolstoy's disappearance, and unveils a touching story about the private life of a man regarded as one of the greatest writers of all time.

Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy

From the white gate-towers of Yasnaya Polyana, up the avenue of slender silver
birch trees, a fair distance beyond the estate buildings, in a wooded grassy glade
, lies the grave of Leo Tolstoy. As he requested, there is no memorial, cross or ...

Author: Daniel Moulin

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472504845


Page: 224

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How do we know what we should teach? And how should we go about teaching it? These deceptively simple questions about education perplexed Tolstoy. Before writing his famous novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, Tolstoy opened an experimental school on his estate to try and answer them. His experiences there incited his life-long inquiry into the meaning and purpose of religion, literature, art and life itself. In this text, Daniel Moulin tells the story of the course of Tolstoy's educational thought, and how it relates to Tolstoy's fiction and other writings. It begins with his experience of being a child and adolescent, incorporates his travels in Europe, the experimental school, his literature, and his views on art, philosophy, and spirituality. Throughout, the relevance and impact of Tolstoy's thinking on education are translated into applicable theory for today's education students.


The estate was skirted on one side by the main highway from Moscow to Kiev,
and in due course the new railway from Moscow to ... The Tolstoy home was far
from luxurious, and much of the furniture consisted of pieces made on the estate.

Author: Edward Crankshaw

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781448204779


Page: 278

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Tolstoy was not always an old man-not always a bearded patriarch fixing the world with the eye of an angry ancient mariner. He started War and Peace when he was thirty five, and Anna Karenina was finished before he was fifty. By then he had fulfilled his genius and deployed all those elements of his titanic temperament which made him world famous. In a richly detailed and sympathetic book on the most creative years of Russia's greatest writer, Edward Crankshaw explores the world of Count Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy, the elements in it that contributed to his great art, and the nature of the creative processes involved. Accompanied by evocative illustrations of Tolstoy's life, Mr. Crankshaw's text presents a development of this extraordinary man-his idyllic country childhood and his painful schooling, the wild years of conscience-stricken dissipation, the sojourn among the Cossacks in the Caucasus, the army service in the Crimean War, his entry into Moscow and St. Petersburg literary circles, his fateful marriage. It is an absorbing account which helps us to a fuller understanding of Tolstoy's towering genius-and the limitations that went with it.

Sophia TolstoySophia Tolstoy

His contradictions were equally unfathomable: while he renounced property, his
life was unchanged—he remained with the family, at their estate. All of this
created unique problems in the family's life, making Sophia's relationship with
Tolstoy ...

Author: Alexandra Popoff

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416559906


Page: 368

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As Leo Tolstoy’s wife, Sophia Tolstoy experienced both glory and condemnation during their forty-eight-year marriage. She was admired as the muse and literary assistant to one of the world’s most celebrated novelists. But when in later years Tolstoy became a towering public figure and founded a new brand of religion, she was scorned for her disagreements with him. And it is this version of Sophia—malicious, shrill, perennially at war with Tolstoy—that has gone down in the historical record. Drawing on newly available archival material, including Sophia’s unpublished memoir, Alexandra Popoff presents a dramatically different and accurate portrait of the woman and the marriage. This lively, well-researched biography demonstrates that, contrary to popular belief, Sophia was remarkably supportive of Tolstoy and was, in fact, key to his fame. Gifted and versatile, Sophia assisted Tolstoy during the writing of War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Having modeled his most memorable female characters on her, Tolstoy admired his wife’s boundless energy, which he called “the force of life.” Sophia’s letters, never before translated, illuminate the couple’s true relationship and provide insights into Tolstoy’s creative laboratory. Although long portrayed as an elitist and hysterical countess, Sophia was in reality a practical, independent-minded, generous, and talented woman who shared Tolstoy’s important values and his capacity for work. Mother of thirteen, she participated in Tolstoy’s causes and managed all business a airs. Popoff describes in haunting detail the intrusion into their marriage by Tolstoy’s religious disciple Vladimir Chertkov, who controlled Tolstoy at the end of his life and led a smear campaign against Sophia, branding her evil and mad. She is still judged by Chertkov’s false accounts, which dismissed her valuable achievements and contributions. During his later religious phase, Tolstoy renounced his property and copyright, and Sophia had to become the breadwinner. She published Tolstoy’s collected works and supported their large family. Despite the pressures of her demanding life, she realized her own talents as a writer, photographer, translator, and aspiring artist. This vigorous, engrossing biography presents in fascinating depth and detail the many ways in which Sophia Tolstoy enriched the life and work of one of the world’s most revered authors.

The Cambridge Companion to TolstoyThe Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy

In June 1887, while a guest at Tolstoy's estate, lasnaia Poliana, the eminent jurist
Anatolii Koni told Tolstoy a remarkable story from his own practice. In the early
1870s, while Koni was serving as prosecutor for the St. Petersburg district court, ...

Author: Donna Tussing Orwin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521520002


Page: 271

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Best known for his great novels, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, Tolstoy remains one the most important nineteenth-century writers; throughout his career which spanned nearly three quarters of a century, he wrote fiction, journalistic essays and educational textbooks. The specially commissioned essays in The Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy do justice to the sheer volume of Tolstoy's writing. Key dimensions of his writing and life are explored in essays focusing on his relationship to popular writing, the issue of gender and sexuality in his fiction and his aesthetics. The introduction provides a brief, unified account of the man, for whom his art was only one activity among many. The volume is well supported by supplementary material including a detailed guide to further reading and a chronology of Tolstoy's life, the most comprehensive compiled in English to date. Altogether the volume provides an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike.

Tolstoy the ManTolstoy the Man

The air of neglect which characterizes it extends to Count Tolstoy's estate , the
entrance to which is marked by two whitewashed , half - ruined towers . At the left
is an artificial pond now used by the village women , who wash their clothes so ...

Author: Edward A. Steiner

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803293453


Page: 310

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"As a professor of applied Christianity, Steiner strove to present the significance of Tolstoy's unique religious and philosophical beliefs and their effects on his work and Steiner's life. Tolstoy the Man also provides a modern audience with an intimate and interesting view of prerevolutionary Russia from within. Tolstoy's religious and social views often put him at odds with his society and were often prescient of the coming political upheaval."--BOOK JACKET.