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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

At a glittering society party in St Petersburg in 1805, conversations are dominated by the prospect of war. Terror swiftly engulfs the country as Napoleon's army marches on Russia, and the lives of three young people are changed forever. The stories of quixotic Pierre, cynical Andrey and impetuous Natasha interweave with a huge cast, from aristocrats and peasants to soldiers and Napoleon himself. In War and Peace, Tolstoy entwines grand themes - conflict and love, birth and death, free will and faith - with unforgettable scenes of nineteenth-century Russia, to create a magnificent epic of human life in all its imperfection and grandeur. Anthony Briggs' superb translation combines stirring, accessible prose with fidelity to Tolstoy's original, while Orlando Figes' afterword discusses the novel's vast scope and depiction of Russian identity. This edition also contains appendices, notes, a list of prominent characters and maps.

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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

The Journal of Leo Tolstoi (First Volume-1895-1899)

The Journal of Leo Tolstoi (First Volume-1895-1899)

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/07/2019

What Shall We Do?

What Shall We Do?

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/07/2019

Where Love Is, There God Is Also

Where Love Is, There God Is Also

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

A Russian Proprietor, And Other Stories

A Russian Proprietor, And Other Stories

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

A Russian Proprietor, And Other Stories

A Russian Proprietor, And Other Stories

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/07/2019

What Men Live By And Other Tales

What Men Live By And Other Tales

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

Childhood

Childhood

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2019

The Invaders, and Other Stories

The Invaders, and Other Stories

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2019

Father Sergius

Father Sergius

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2019

Tolstoi for the Young

Tolstoi for the Young

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2019

Katia

Katia

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2019

The Cossacks

The Cossacks

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

Father Sergius

Father Sergius

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

Bethink Yourselves!

Bethink Yourselves!

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

Master and Man

Master and Man

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2019

The First Distiller

The First Distiller

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

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