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Lev & Sonya: The Story of the Tolstoy Marriage

Louise Smoluchowski

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ISBN 10: 0283995491 / ISBN 13: 9780283995491
Published by Sidgwick & Jackson, 1987
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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*** BOOK in Fine condition. Private Library stamp on title page. 288pp with Note on Transliteration, Author's Note, Notes, Bibliography. *** DUST JACKET in Very good condition. Minor shelfwear. SUBTITLED: The Story of The Tolstoy Marriage *** CONTENTS: On September 23, 1862, in a church inside the Kremlin Walls, Lev Tolstoy, thirty-four, and Sonya Bers, barely eighteen, were married. It was, as this extraordinary book relates, a marriage destined to last for forty-eight years, navigating the widest seas of love and happiness, pain and resentment, dramatic transformations and troubled resolutions. It is one of the most famous of all marriages of a great literary figure, both because husband and wife were exceptional people and because we know so much about them, for Lev and Sonya each set down a remarkable portion of their married lives in their diaries. Size: 240x165mm. Bookseller Inventory # 002272

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Title: Lev & Sonya: The Story of the Tolstoy ...

Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Good, Not Price Clipped

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Lev and Sonya: The Story of the Tolstoy Marriage [Leo]
288 pp. "The Tolstoys' marriage was a great and tragic love story. It was in a sense problematic from the beginning and problematic throughout as Tolstoy himself was always problematic. The combination of tremendous lust and tremendous idealism , the demandingness of an incredible genius from himself and from others meant that life with him would be incredibly difficult. The devoted wife Sonya( nee Behrs) who helped him in the physical work of rewriting his greatest masterpieces also went through thirteen pregnancies and brought him a large and also very problematic family. This work chronicles their story by reading their diaries. It is not an easy tale, but it is an illuminating and often moving one. For their passionate contradictory and difficult souls combined and collided in many different ways. In old age it was the money, the property her desire to look after her childrens' interest and his desire to save the world which moved them finally apart. His legendary last escape to the railroad station where he died seems to say something to us all about the ' hell ' of marriage. And theirs certainly had more than its share of hell. But it also had love and greatness . This book tells the story with sympathy for both of these torn souls. It fills out details and adds to the extant literature. It may not be the last word but it is a welcome addition to the literature. " --Shalom FreedmanKeywords: BIOGRAPHY LEO TOLSTOY MARRIAGE PERSONAL LIFE FAMILY

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Text: English, Russian (translation)

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