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Count Leo Tolstoy was born on September 9, 1828, in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia. In 1862, Tolstoy married Sophie Behrs, a marriage that was to become, for him, bitterly unhappy. His diary, started in 1847, was used for self-study and self-criticism; it served as the source from which he drew much of the material that appeared not only in his great novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), but also in his shorter works. Seeking religious justification for his life, Tolstoy evolved a new Christianity based upon his own interpretation of the Gospels. He died at the age of eighty-two on November 20, 1910.
Anthony Briggs has written, translated or edited many books and articles on Russian and English literature. A leading authority on Alexander Pushkin, he has also edited five volumes of English poetry. His recent translation of War and Peace has been widely acclaimed.
For the first half of this book, I thought I was going to finish it thinking it was as brilliant as Crime and Punishment. But nah. Read morePublished 1 month ago by RachelWalker
Not the greatest of Tolstoy's novels, and, indeed, it was written towards the end of his life when he was much older, but still retains that flavour of genius and narrative guile... Read morePublished 4 months ago by dizzy dave
I enjoy the classics. They never stop intriguing readers with their content. I enjoy reading it very much.
Recommend to anyone who enjoys reading.
This is a generally under-rated novel by Tolstoy but is as fascinating as his other two greats. This particular edition is introduced by a must-read essay by a Tolstoy specialist.Published on 19 Jan. 2013 by alisa barstow
This is the story of a young wealthy man called Nekhlyudov, who takes advantage of a nineteen year old servant girl (be careful of the accusations of `rape' made in other reviews,... Read morePublished on 22 July 2010 by H. Tee
Once again, Tolstoy takes on the grand themes in life and this time round he takes on two of them: redemption and justice. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2010 by A. Harsono
I had difficultines reaching Tolstoy's work becuse `Rosemary Edmonds's fine translation' got in the way. (Either that, or Tolstoy set about wrecking his reputation with this book). Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2009 by Mrs. RM KLEPPMANN
Leo Tolstoy, the arch novelist of his century, remains the superb story-teller as before. Alas, his style now belongs to the museum of fiction, where lengthy, precise and... Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2009 by E. Darzi
A superb vision of life in 19th-century Russia, it exposes the hypocrisies of state, property and law in an unrivalled manner. Brilliantly written.Published on 26 Mar. 2008 by William Podmore