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In 1862 Sonya Tolstoy married the greatest author the world has ever known (though that's debatable). For 48 years they shared their lives in an enmeshed union that was both passionate and combative. Sixteen years younger than her husband, Sonya bore him thirteen children and worked for years as his copyist, rewriting countless drafts of his timeless novels. Both were mercurial personalities and, towards the end and exhausted, Tolstoy deserted her. In War & Peace and Sonya, Judith Armstrong tells Sonya’s own story, exploring their devotion and ambivalence to one another, their immense passion for great literature and the creative process, and showing us just how remarkably true to life fiction can be.
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Judith Armstrong was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia; she taught Russian literature and culture at the University of Melbourne, where she initated several interdepartmental courses in European Studies, and published five academic books. Leaving the university to write full-time, she has continued to publish fiction, non-fiction, reviews and articles for newspapers and magazines, as well as opera programs.
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