Leo Tolstoy: Resident and Stranger (Princeton Legacy Library)

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9780691014739: Leo Tolstoy: Resident and Stranger (Princeton Legacy Library)

'Richard Gustafson has written what will undoubtedly prove to be one of the major studies of Tolstoy produced in his generation , an especially thoughtful book, full of ideas, insights, and perceptions that are very much Gustafson's own.' 'Gustafson's grasp of the Tolstoy canon . . . is truly impressive, and his sensitive, and detailed reading of individual works convincingly establishes the ongoing dialectic between experience,. theological reflection, and artistic creation.... Our appreciation of Tolstoy's fiction and of the Russian theological tradition is greatly enriched by this study. It is possibly one of the very best pieces of 'theology and literature' this reviewer has yet encountered.' 'Professor Gustafson's exceptional combination of literary, linguistic and theological erudition makes his latest work a landmark in the history of post-war Tolstoyan scholarship.' '... a radically new reading, one that may mark a new stage in studies of Tolstoy in the West.' Richard F. Gustafson is Professor of Russian at Barnard College, Columbia University.

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This serious and important book challenges the widely held view of Tolstoy as two radically different men, "the pre-conversion artist and the post-conversion religious thinker." By using the later works to clarify the earlier ones, Gustafson argues persuasively for the essential coherence of Tolstoy's work, a coherence that stems from his religious thinking and his desperate life-long search for faith. This book is a remarkable piece of scholarship and should appeal both to scholars and the general public, especially those interested in Tolstoy's work, in theology, or in the history of ideas. Essential for research libraries and recommended for other large collections. Joyce S. Toomre, Russian Research Ctr. , Harvard Univ.
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"Richard Gustafson has written what will undoubtedly prove to be one of the major studies of Tolstoy produced in his generation . . . an especially thoughtful book, full of ideas, insights, and perceptions that are very much Gustafson's own."--Hugh McLean, The Russian Review

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