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Brief Lives: Tolstoy

This is the second Russian author featured in this fine series of compact biographies by Hesperus. The first was Pushkin, reviewed here previously.

This new volume is equally thoughtful and informative, the chapters reading like the sorts of lectures on literature you wish you could attend in your hometown: easy to follow yet surprisingly deep. Of particular interest are the chapters looking at Tolstoy’s lesser known works, that unfortunately tend to get overshadowed by his later masterpieces.


— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: July/Aug 2010