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Leo Tolstoy - Author

About the Author

Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828 at Yasnaya Polyana, province of Tula, the fourth son of Count Nikolay Tolstoy. Between 1856 and 1861 Tolstoy wrote and traveled abroad extensively. He returned with a sense of revulsion for what he considered to be European materialism. In 1859 he started several schools for peasant children at Yasnaya and in 1862 he founded a magazine in which he contended that it was the peasants who should teach the intellectuals, rather than the other way round. Tolstoy's increasingly radical political stance at the end of his life alienated his wife. He frequently dispensed huge sums of money to beggars and drew up a will relinquishing his copyrights. Such behavior led to frequent disputes with his Sofia. Finding it impossible to continue living a comfortable life with his family whilst preaching communism, he left Yasnaya in 1910, with one of his daughters and his doctor, for an unknown destination. He died on the journey and was buried in a simple peasant's grave.

Featured books by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace

War and Peace

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/01/2016

It's 1805 and St Petersburg, Russia is overwhelmed by terror and uncertainty as Napoleon marches on the country and war breaks out.  Focusing on three characters whose lives are transformed, War and Peace is about people trying to find their place in a world completely changed by war, social, political and spiritual upheaval. Timeless themes that resonate today while also offering an insight into a moment in history. A fantastic classic recommended by us. Visit our '50 Classics Everyone Should Read' collection to discover more classic titles.

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War and Peace

War and Peace

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/12/2015

The lives of Pierre, Prince Andrei and Natasha are changed forever as conflict rages throughout the early nineteenth century. Following the rise and fall of some of society's most influential families, this truthful and poignant epic is as relevant today as ever. This six part adaptation has been written by Bafta-winning author Andrew Davies and will be directed by Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders, The Scouting Book for Boys, Woman in Black: Angel of Death). Accompanied by a stellar cast including Paul Dano (12 years a Slave, Prisoners, There Will be Blood) as the idealistic Pierre, James Norton (Happy Valley, Belle, Grantchester) as the ambitious Prince Andrei and Lily James (Cinderella, Downton Abbey) as the impulsive beauty Natasha. It also features the legendary Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter, Longford), Gillian Anderson (The Fall, The X-Files), Greta Scacchi (White Mischief, Presumed Innocent) and many more.

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Other books by Leo Tolstoy

Lives and Deaths

Lives and Deaths

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

'When we read Tolstoy, it feels easy. This is life itself' Howard Jacobson 'No other writer wrote so often, or so imaginatively, about the actual moment of dying' Orlando Figes Tolstoy's stories contain many of the most acutely observed moments in his monumental body of work. This new selection of his shorter works, sensitively translated by the award-winning Boris Dralyuk, showcases the peerless economy with which Tolstoy could render the passions and conflicts of a life. These are works that take us from a self-interested judge's agonising deathbed to the bristling social world of horses in a stable yard, from the joyful vanity of youth to the painful doubts of sickness and old age. With unwavering precision, Tolstoy's eye brings clarity and richness to the simplest materials.

What to Do? Thoughts Evoked by the Census of Moscow

What to Do? Thoughts Evoked by the Census of Moscow

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

War and Peace

War and Peace

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/11/2019

Anna Karenina (100 Copy Collector's Edition)

Anna Karenina (100 Copy Collector's Edition)

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/11/2019

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2019

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2019

Uthkrishta Kathakal

Uthkrishta Kathakal

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2019

Anna Karenina (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Anna Karenina (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

The Greatest Short Stories of Leo Tolstoy

The Greatest Short Stories of Leo Tolstoy

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2019

The Forged Coupon And Other Stories

The Forged Coupon And Other Stories

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2019

A Confession

A Confession

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2019

The Light Shines In Darkness

The Light Shines In Darkness

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2019

Anna Karenina, Volume I

Anna Karenina, Volume I

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2019

Anna Karenina (Complete)

Anna Karenina (Complete)

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2019

Anna Karenina, Volume II

Anna Karenina, Volume II

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2019

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