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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.

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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

Christian Martyrdom in Russia

Christian Martyrdom in Russia

Author: Leo Tolstoy, James Mavor, Vladimir Grigorevich Chertkov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2019

On Life

On Life

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2018

In the summer of 1886, shortly before his fifty-eighth birthday, Leo Tolstoy was seriously injured while working in the fields of his estate. Bedridden for over two months, Tolstoy began writing a meditation on death and dying that soon developed into a philosophical treatise on life, death, love, and the overcoming of pessimism. Although begun as an account of how one man encounters and laments his death and makes this death his own, the final work, On Life, describes the optimal life in which we can all be happy despite our mortality. After its completion, On Life was suppressed by the tsars, attacked by the hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church, and then censored by the Stalinist regime. This critical edition is the first accurate translation of this unsung classic of Russian thought into English, based on a study of manuscript pages of Tolstoy's drafts, and the first scholarly edition of this work in any language. It includes a detailed introduction and annotations, as well as historical material, such as early drafts, documents related to the presentation of an early version at the Moscow Psychological Society, and responses to the work by philosophers, religious leaders, journalists, and ordinary readers of Tolstoy's day.

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/11/2018

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2018

War and Peace (100 Copy Limited Edition)

War and Peace (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/11/2018

Tolstoy Selected Stories

Tolstoy Selected Stories

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2018

War and Peace

War and Peace

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/11/2018

Anna Karenina (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Anna Karenina (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/11/2018

On Life and Essays on Religion

On Life and Essays on Religion

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2018

On Life and Essays on Religion

On Life and Essays on Religion

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2018

Recollections and Essays

Recollections and Essays

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2018

Recollections And Essays

Recollections And Essays

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2018

My Confession; Dogmatic Theology; My Religion; On Life

My Confession; Dogmatic Theology; My Religion; On Life

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/11/2018

The Diaries of Leo Tolstoy

The Diaries of Leo Tolstoy

Author: Leo Tolstoy, V G 1854-1936 Chertkov Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/11/2018

Anna Karenine

Anna Karenine

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/11/2018

My Confession; Dogmatic Theology; My Religion; On Life

My Confession; Dogmatic Theology; My Religion; On Life

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/11/2018

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