The Cth Anniversary of the Death of Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy
"Tolstoy helped to lead you back to Christianity, you've said, so I thought you might like to see this," says reader Extollager in sending along this review of several biographies on the centenary of his death — Tolstoy: Russia’s thunderous prophet. The first paragraph to whet your appetite:
- The death of Leo Tolstoy on November 20 1910 in a small railway station in southern Russia, was being turned into mythology even as it was happening. Pathé, the pioneer of newsreels, made one of its first moving-pictures about the event. Lenin had said two years earlier that Tolstoy was “a mirror of the revolution”. Both communist revolutionaries and the Russian government were watching to see what the effect of the death of the great anarchist would be on the Russian people, who felt that they had lost not just a great artist but the most eloquent voice that had thundered on their behalf against monstrous injustices.