Friday, August 27, 2010
Tolstoy by Henri Troyat
Here is an abridged copy of Troyat's magisterial biography of Tolstoy. Unfortunately, there are only a few pages from the Last Days of Tolstoy's life with all the arguments over Tolstoy's diaries which Chertkov had in his possession and Sofiya (or Sonya as Troyat calls her) very much wanted returned. Tolstoy kept promising they would be returned but apparently Chertkov retained them. Anyway, she felt great animosity toward Chertkov which was reflected in the movie.
You can buy a second hand copy of Troyat's biography from Abebooks and other sources at very low prices.