Diaries Volume 2: 1895-1910

Diaries Volume 2: 1895-1910

Leo Tolstoy

Language: English

Pages: 714

ISBN: 2:00284726

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The second volume of Tolstoy's Diaries covers the years 1895-1910. These Diaries were meticulously edited by R. F. Christian so as to reflect Tolstoy's preoccupations as a writer (his views on his own work and that of others), his development as a person and as a thinker, and his attitudes to contemporary social problems, rural life, industrialisation, education, and later, to religious and spiritual questions. Christian introduces each period with a brief and informative summary of the main biographical details of Tolstoy's life. The result is a unique portrait of a great writer in the variegation of his everyday existence.

An important and long-overdue contribution to our knowledge of Tolstoy.' D. M. Thomas, Sunday Times

'As a picture of the turbulent Russian world which Tolstoy inhabited these diaries are incomparable - the raw stuff not yet processed into art.' Anthony Burgess

'A model of scholarship, one of the most important books to be published in recent years.' A. N. Wilson, Spectator
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all that exists, but as it was he tried to justify it, and not by himself, but with the help of Slavophile-sophists, and he was a sophist himself, a very bad sophist of his own childish beliefs. His desire to attach religious significance to his own literary work adversely affected and confused the character of his thinking still more. The letter about The Government Inspector, the second part of Dead Souls, etc. When he surrenders himself wholly to his talent, the result is works which are

continue to do them, but elect from among themselves people who are obliged to think up arguments from which it would emerge that it is unavoidably necessary to do all these stupid and nasty things, that it is impossible not to do them. All these arguments, very involved and incomprehensible to anybody, most of all to those who think them up, they call science. And all these justifications for nasty and stupid things, and various completely unnecessary sophistries are considered a very important

a ride. […] 8 September Yesterday night I lost a lot of blood. At first I felt bad, but slept well and am quite cheerful. Went for a walk. Sonya is coming at 2 o’clock, which I’m very glad about. Revised my letter to the Polish lady for the last time, I think. […] Did little work. Listened to music. Many people came: three young peasants, one an evangelical, as persistent as ever. I had a pleasant chat with them. Then another young peasant, very serious. In the evening I read about peasant

just happened. This illusion of time has, in my opinion, a very important significance, namely this, that time does not exist, and that we imagine everything to take place in time because this is the nature of our mind. Exactly the same illusion is present in what we call real life, only with this difference that we wake up from life in death. Only then shall we know and be convinced that what was real in life was what was asleep and woke up in death. What happened to you and what you thought

[…] Korolenko has come.132 A very pleasant and intelligent man who talks well. But still it’s painful to talk and talk. 7 August A state of despondency. Tried to write. On insanity. Couldn’t do anything. Invited Korolenko to go for a walk with me in the morning and we had a good talk. He’s intelligent, but dominated by the superstition of science. […] For Sasha to copy: (1) I’ve seldom met a person more endowed with all the vices than I am: lasciviousness, self-interest, malice, vanity, and

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