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Sunday, September 09, 2018
Today is the 190th anniversary of the great writer's birth. We thought we would share a few readings to get you in a Tolstoyan spirit.
First, a rumination on reading the great author and on reading in Russian, by Bob Blaisdell.
Second a translation of two short stories by Tolstoy, also by Bob Blaisdell.
Third, how about seven fun facts about War and Peace, by Eugenia Sokolskaya?
Fourth, an offsite link to a New Yorker piece by James Wood, on how War and Peace works.
Meet the Tolstoy you never knew! This compact, yet surprisingly broad look at the life and work of Tolstoy spans from one of his earliest stories to one of his last, looking at works that made him famous and others that made him notorious.
The movie is almost too silly to discuss, as if Saturday Night Live decided to do a parody, but nobody but the costume-director and scene-making crew were ready. A puppet resembling Keira Knightley plays Anna; although thin, even scrawny, the animators make her look almost human.
In this, the second of two posts on Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, the author recounts his discovery of the greatest novel of all time: "I had never lived a book as I lived Anna Karenina."
Lev Tolstoy's Anna Karenina has been called the greatest novel of all time. But can one really appreciate it as much in English translation versus the Russian original?