'An important and long-overdue contribution to our knowledge of Tolstoy.' D. M. Thomas, Sunday Times
Volume 1 of Tolstoy's Diaries covers the years 1847-1894 and was meticulously edited by R.F. Christian so as to reflect Tolstoy's preoccupations as a writer (his views on his own work and that of others), his development as a person and as a thinker, and his attitudes to contemporary social problems, rural life, industrialisation, education, and later, to religious and spiritual questions.
Christian introduces each period with a brief and informative summary of the main biographical details of Tolstoy's life. The result is a unique portrait of a great writer in the variegation of his everyday existence.
'As a picture of the turbulent Russian world which Tolstoy inhabited these diaries are incomparable - the raw stuff not yet processed into art.' Anthony Burgess
'A model of scholarship, one of the most important books to be published in recent years.' A. N. Wilson, Spectator
Publisher: Faber & Faber ISBN: 9780571324033 Number of pages: 416 Weight: 631 g Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 30 mm Edition: Main
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