Tolstoy’s Diaries Volume 2: 1895-1910

Leo Tolstoy
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An important and long-overdue contribution to our knowledge of Tolstoy.’ D. M. Thomas, Sunday Times

Volume 2 of Tolstoy’s Diaries covers the years 1895-1910. These diaries were 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


Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828 -1910) is widely considered one of the greatest novelists of all time, principally for his War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1878). George Steiner has praised him as ‘a colossus bestriding the palpable earth, evoking the realness, the tangibility, the sensible entirety of concrete experience.’ Born in Yasnaya Polyana to a family of old…

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