Monday, November 22, 2010

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.
'Twas his tome The Kingdom of God Is Within You, which I stumbled upon at the 1988 Anarchist Survival Gathering in Toronto, that led me back to my baptismal faith.

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Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


Joshua, one of the best books I read this year was The Last Station by Jay Parini. It's a retelling of Tolstoy's last year in novel form, and it's brilliant. (There is a movie adaptation with the same title, which I haven't seen. Have you?)

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Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I haven't yet. Thanks for the recommendations.

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