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Leo Tolstoy began his trilogy, Childhood, Boyhood, Youth, in his early twenties. Although he would in his old age famously dismiss it as an 'awkward mixture of fact and fiction', generations of readers have not agreed, finding the novel to be a charming and insightful portrait of inner growth against the background of a world limned with extraordinary clarity, grace and color. Evident too in its brilliant account of a young person's emerging awareness of the world and of his place within it are many of the stances, techniques and themes that would come to full flower in the immortal War and Peace and Anna Karenina, and in the other great works of Tolstoy's maturity.

Synopsis:

A new translation of Tolstoy's autobiographical trilogy.

Leo Tolstoy wrote his first published work, Childhood, when he was only twenty-three years old. A semi-autobiographical novel, it recounts two days in the childhood of ten-year-old Nikolai Irtenev, recreating vivid impressions of people, places, and events with the exuberant perspective of a child and the ironic retrospective understanding of an adult. Boyhood and Youth soon followed, and together they launched Tolstoy on the literary career that would bring him immortality.

Synopsis:

A new, definitive translation of Tolstoy's early autobiographical trilogy

Leo Tolstoy began his trilogy, Childhood; Boyhood; Youth, in his early twenties. Although he would in his old age famously dismiss it as an 'awkward mixture of fact and fiction', generations of readers have not agreed, finding the novel to be a charming and insightful portrait of inner growth against the background of a world limned with extraordinary clarity, grace and color. Evident too in its brilliant account of a young person's emerging awareness of the world and of his place within it are many of the stances, techniques and themes that would come to full flower in the immortal War and Peace and Anna Karenina, and in the other great works of Tolstoy's maturity. Prizewinning translator Judson Rosengrant has stunningly realized Tolstoy's voice in English prose to make this new Penguin Classics edition of Childhood; Boyhood; Youth the "definitive translation. . . in this generation" (Janet Fitch). 

About the Author

Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828 at Yasnaya Polyana, in the Tula province, and educated privately. He studied Oriental languages and law at the University of Kazan, then led a life of pleasure until 1851 when he joined an artillery regiment in the Caucasus. He took part in the Crimean War and after the defense of Sebastopol he wrote The Sebastopol Sketches (1855-56), which established his reputation. After a period in St Petersburg and abroad, he married Sofya Andreyevna Behrs in 1862. The next fifteen years was a period of great happiness; they had thirteen children, and Tolstoy managed his vast estates in the Volga Steppes, continued his educational projects, cared for his peasants and wrote War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877). A Confession (1879-82) marked a spiritual crisis in his life, and in 1901 he was excommunicated by the Russian Holy Synod. He died in 1910, in the course of a dramatic flight from home, at the small railway station of Astapovo.

Judson Rosengrant has translated and edited a wide range of Russian literature and historiography, including works by Olesha, Lydia Ginzburg, Iskander, Limonov and Radzinsky. He has taught Russian language, literature and culture at the University of Southern California, Indiana University and Reed College in the United States, and translation theory and practice at St Petersburg State University in Russia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140449921
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Rosengrant, Judson
Introduction by:
Rosengrant, Judson
Introduction:
Rosengrant, Judson
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo Nikolayevich
Author:
Edmonds, Rosemary
Author:
osengrant
Author:
Judson R
Author:
Rosengrant, Judson
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Biographical
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.82 x 5.15 x 0.84 in 0.71 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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"Synopsis" by , A new translation of Tolstoy's autobiographical trilogy.

Leo Tolstoy wrote his first published work, Childhood, when he was only twenty-three years old. A semi-autobiographical novel, it recounts two days in the childhood of ten-year-old Nikolai Irtenev, recreating vivid impressions of people, places, and events with the exuberant perspective of a child and the ironic retrospective understanding of an adult. Boyhood and Youth soon followed, and together they launched Tolstoy on the literary career that would bring him immortality.

"Synopsis" by ,

A new, definitive translation of Tolstoy's early autobiographical trilogy

Leo Tolstoy began his trilogy, Childhood; Boyhood; Youth, in his early twenties. Although he would in his old age famously dismiss it as an 'awkward mixture of fact and fiction', generations of readers have not agreed, finding the novel to be a charming and insightful portrait of inner growth against the background of a world limned with extraordinary clarity, grace and color. Evident too in its brilliant account of a young person's emerging awareness of the world and of his place within it are many of the stances, techniques and themes that would come to full flower in the immortal War and Peace and Anna Karenina, and in the other great works of Tolstoy's maturity. Prizewinning translator Judson Rosengrant has stunningly realized Tolstoy's voice in English prose to make this new Penguin Classics edition of Childhood; Boyhood; Youth the "definitive translation. . . in this generation" (Janet Fitch). 

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