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Song Without Words: The Photographs & Diaries of Countess Sophia Tolstoy

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Through never-before-seen photographs and intriguing personal diaries, this beautiful book provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of Countess Sophia Tolstoy and her husband, Leo Tolstoy—one of the greatest authors of all time—set against the grand and terrifying backdrop of aristocratic Russia on the brink of its demise.

Between 1885 and 1910, Countess Tolstoy made more than a thousand photographs representing her entire world—from artists to aristocrats to peasants to family, from the Crimea to Moscow to the family estate 100 kilometers to the south. She also kept detailed diaries, which sweep us into fashionable balls and local gossip...magical scenes of winter in Russia...and devastating famine in the countryside. Sophia's works deepen our understanding of the era as well as of this amazing woman, who had thirteen children, battled a troubled marriage, and, though blessed with a creative life of her own, was so devoted to her husband's career that she hand-copied his great works Anna Karenina and War and Peace many times over.

Song Without Words showcases the photographs by theme, with Sophia's writings providing emotional context for many of the images. Commentary by author Leah Bendavid-Val weaves through the book, linking diaries with pictures and placing each in its historical and literary setting.

Autobiographical in nature, yet global in its true scope, Song Without Words brings to light the gifts of a major figure whose previously unknown works enrich our knowledge of literature, photography, and history.

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In a first-ever publishing event, the remarkable photography and writings of Countess Sophia Tolstoy reveal the unfolding of her life with her famous husband--and evocatively portray a glittering world that soon would fade away. 120 photographs.

About the Author

Leah Bendavid-Val, Director of Photography Publishing for National Geographic Books, is the author of Propaganda and Dreams: Photographing the 1930s in the USSR and the US; Changing Reality: Recent Soviet Photography; National Geographic: The Photographs; and Stories on Paper and Glass. She has curated photography exhibitions for museums worldwide.

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ISBN:
9781426201738
Author:
Bendavid Val, Leah
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Author:
Bendavid-Val, Leah
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Photography
Subject:
History
Subject:
Photography, Artistic
Subject:
Photography - Russia - History - 19th century
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
120 PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.46x8.52x.99 in. 2.51 lbs.

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