The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy

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Harper Collins, Sep 7, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 656 pages
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“[A] 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.”
—Jay Parini, author of The Last Station

 

Translated by Cathy Porter and with an introduction by Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing, The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy chronicles in extraordinary detail the diarist’s remarkable marriage to the legendary man of letters, Count Leo Tolstoy, author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Set against the backdrop of Russia’s turbulent history at the turn of the 20th century, The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy offers a fascinating look at a remarkable era, a complicated artist, and the extraordinary woman who stood at his side.

 

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"The rocks in her head fitted the holes in his" This is a difficult book to review, as many people have pointed out, because a a diary meant for only Sofia's eyes that served (as she herself pointed ... Read full review

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"The rocks in her head fitted the holes in his"This is a difficult book to review, as many people have pointed out, because a a diary meant for only Sofia's eyes that served (as she herself pointed ... Read full review

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Cathy Porter has published biographies of the Russianwomen revolutionaries Alexandra Kollontai and Larissa Reisner, as well as books about women terrorists of the 1860s, Russia’s 1905 revolution, and the Battle of Moscow. She has translated more than thirty books and works for the stage, including plays by Gorky and the Czech Karel Capek. She lives in Oxford.

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