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The Last Station: A Novel of Tolstoy's Final Year (Random House Movie Tie-In Books)

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and#8220;Magisterial sweep and scale.and#8221;and#8212;The Independent (UK)

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, with a growing international following, and more revered than the tsar. Born into an aristocratic family, Tolstoy had spent his life rebelling against not only conventional ideas about literature and art but also traditional education, family life, organized religion, and the state.

In this, the first biography of Tolstoy in more than twenty years, Rosamund Bartlett draws extensively on key Russian sources, including much fascinating material made available since the collapse of the Soviet Union. She sheds light on Tolstoyand#8217;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. Above all, Bartett gives us an eloquent portrait of the brilliant, maddening, and contrary man who has once again been discovered by a new generation of readers.

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and#160;The first new biography in twenty years of the literary colossus, spiritual leader, and icon of the nineteenth century "Conveys Tolstoy to me more vividly than any biography I have read."and#8212;A. N. Wilson, Financial Times "Engaging . . . impressive."and#8212;Claire Messud, Telegraph

Synopsis:

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

Starring Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, & James McAvoy

In 1910, Count Leo Tolstoy, the most famous writer in the world, is caught in the struggle between his devoted wife and an equally devoted acolyte over the master's legacy. Sofya Andreyevna fears that she and the children she has borne Tolstoy will lose all to Vladimir Chertkov and the Tolstoyan movement, which preaches the ideals of poverty, chastity, and pacifism.

As Tolstoy seeks peace in his final days, Valentin Bulgakov is hired to be his secretary and enlisted as a spy by both camps. But Valentin's loyalty is to the great man, who in turn recognizes in the young idealist his own youthful struggle with worldly passions.

Deftly moving among a colorful cast of characters, drawing on the writings of the people on whom they are based, Jay Parini has created a stunning portrait of an enduring genius and a deeply affecting novel.

Synopsis:

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

A New York Times Notable Book

As Leo Tolstoy’s life draws to a close, his tempestuous wife and most cunning disciple are locked in a whirlwind battle for the great man’s soul. Torn between his professed doctrine of poverty and chastity and the reality of his enormous wealth and thirteen children, Tolstoy dramatically flees his home, only to fall ill at a tiny nearby rail station. The famous (and famously troubled) writer believes he is dying alone, unaware that over a hundred newspapermen camp outside awaiting hourly reports on his condition.

 

Jay Parini moves deftly between a colorful cast of characters to create a stunning portrait of one of the world’s most treasured authors.

About the Author

JAY PARINI, a poet and novelist, teaches at Middlebury College in Vermont. His novels include The Apprentice Lover and Benjamin’s Crossing. His fifth volume of poetry was The Art of Subtraction: New and Selected Poems (2005). He has written biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, and William Faulkner, in addition to such nonfiction works as The Art of Teaching (2005), Why Poetry Matters (2008), and Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America (2008). Parini’s reviews and essays appear frequently in major periodicals, including The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Guardian. He lives in Vermont.

Table of Contents

Map and#160;viii

and#160;Chronology and#160;ix

and#160;Tolstoy Family Tree and#160;xii

and#160;Bers Family Tree and#160;xiv

and#160;Note on Conventions and#160;xv

and#160;Introduction and#160;1

1 and#160;Ancestors: The Tolstoys and the Volkonskys and#160;11

2 and#160;Aristocratic Childhood and#160;31

3 and#160;Orphanhood and#160;55

4 and#160;Youth and#160;68

5 and#160;Landowner, Gambler, Officer, Writer and#160;83

6 and#160;Literary Duellist and Repentant Nobleman and#160;118

7 and#160;Husband, Beekeeper and Epic Poet and#160;149

8 and#160;Student, Teacher, Father and#160;180

9 and#160;Novelist and#160;214

10 and#160;Pilgrim, Nihilist, Muzhik and#160;251

11 and#160;Sectarian, Anarchist, Holy Fool and#160;294

12 and#160;Elder, Apostate and Tsar and#160;345

and#160;Epilogue: Patriarch of the Bolsheviks and#160;416

and#160;Notes and#160;455

and#160;Further Reading in English and#160;498

and#160;Select Bibliography and#160;499

and#160;Illustration Credits and#160;508

and#160;Acknowledgements and#160;510

and#160;Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307739643
Subtitle:
A Russian Life
Author:
Parini, Jay
Author:
Bartlett, Rosamund
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Random House Movie Tie-In Books
Publication Date:
20111108
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-page photo insert, map, family tree
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.72 in 1.8 lb

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"Synopsis" by , and#160;The first new biography in twenty years of the literary colossus, spiritual leader, and icon of the nineteenth century "Conveys Tolstoy to me more vividly than any biography I have read."and#8212;A. N. Wilson, Financial Times "Engaging . . . impressive."and#8212;Claire Messud, Telegraph
"Synopsis" by , NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

Starring Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, & James McAvoy

In 1910, Count Leo Tolstoy, the most famous writer in the world, is caught in the struggle between his devoted wife and an equally devoted acolyte over the master's legacy. Sofya Andreyevna fears that she and the children she has borne Tolstoy will lose all to Vladimir Chertkov and the Tolstoyan movement, which preaches the ideals of poverty, chastity, and pacifism.

As Tolstoy seeks peace in his final days, Valentin Bulgakov is hired to be his secretary and enlisted as a spy by both camps. But Valentin's loyalty is to the great man, who in turn recognizes in the young idealist his own youthful struggle with worldly passions.

Deftly moving among a colorful cast of characters, drawing on the writings of the people on whom they are based, Jay Parini has created a stunning portrait of an enduring genius and a deeply affecting novel.

"Synopsis" by , NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

A New York Times Notable Book

As Leo Tolstoy’s life draws to a close, his tempestuous wife and most cunning disciple are locked in a whirlwind battle for the great man’s soul. Torn between his professed doctrine of poverty and chastity and the reality of his enormous wealth and thirteen children, Tolstoy dramatically flees his home, only to fall ill at a tiny nearby rail station. The famous (and famously troubled) writer believes he is dying alone, unaware that over a hundred newspapermen camp outside awaiting hourly reports on his condition.

 

Jay Parini moves deftly between a colorful cast of characters to create a stunning portrait of one of the world’s most treasured authors.

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