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The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy
 
 
Author
Doris Lessing, foreword. Cathy Porter, trans.
Publisher Alma Books  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9781846881022
Pages/Publication Date 609/2010
Daedalus Item Code 31038
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When Sofia Behrs married Count Leo Tolstoy, husband and wife regularly exchanged diaries covering the years from 1862 to 1910. Sofia's life was not an easy one; she idealized her husband, but was tormented by him. Even her children were not an unmitigated blessing, while in the background of her life was one of the most turbulent periods of Russian history, the transition from old feudal Russia to the three revolutions and three major international wars. Yet as Sofia Tolstoy's own life story, the diaries testify to a woman of tremendous vital energy and poetic sensibility who, in the face of provocation and suffering, continued to strive and to remain indomitable.

"The hundreds of pages offered by [Cathy] Porter in this selection are testament to a great spirit, a woman who lived in terrifying proximity to one of the greatest writers of all time, and who understood exactly the high price she would have to pay for this privilege."Guardian (London)

 
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