By Donna Tussing Orwin
A century after Leo Tolstoy's demise, the writer of conflict and Peace is greatly favorite yet too usually considered merely with regards to his realism and sense of right and wrong. the various facets of Tolstoy printed in those new essays converse to modern readers with striking strength, relevance, and complexity. In a full of life, demanding kind, prime students diversity over his lengthy lifestyles, from his first paintings youth to the works of his outdated age like Hadji Murat, and the various genres within which he labored, from the foremost novels to aphorisms and brief tales. The essays current new ways to his principal issues: love, dying, spiritual religion and doubt, violence, the animal state, and struggle. additionally they determine his reception either in his lifetime and as a result. surroundings new agendas for the learn of this vintage writer, this quantity offers a picture of present scholarship on Tolstoy.
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The audience he observed in Moscow, also in an “abnormal state,” was simply hypnotized; spiritualists and opium-dealers could have manipulated the same phenomena (111; PSS 30: 139). In his penultimate chapter 19, Tolstoy reveals the true Zukunftkunstwerk (artwork of the future), which will emerge on diﬀerent principles: it will be the work of amateurs, spontaneous and unstaged. Everybody will agree that to invent on the spot a “little fairy-tale or song” that provides consolation or joy will be “incomparably more important and fruitful than to write a novel or a symphony” (155; PSS 30: 183).
253–54 and 277–80. 3. Recorded for December 7, 1899. A. B. Gol’denveizer, Vblizi Tolstogo (Moscow: Goslitizdat, 1959), 58. 4. See Leonard B. ” 5. From Tolstoy to his children L. L. and T. L. Tolstoi, March 12, 1894. “What wizardry,” Tolstoy continues. “It’s no joke, but a horrifying power. And it seems that people want only the bad inﬂuence” (Kak za koldovstvo … Eto ne shutka, a uzhasnaia vlast’. A okazyvaetsia, chto liudi khotiat tol’ko durnogo vozdeistviia). PSS: 67: 79. 6. V. Bulgakov, L. N.
12, 275. 24. Tolstoy, War and Peace, vol. 1, pt. 2, ch. 2, 121–22. 25. Detstvo, third redaction, ch. ” – Muzyka. PSS 1: 181–83, esp. 181. 26. , Lev Tolstoy and the Concept of Brotherhood (New York and Ottawa: Legas, 1996), 116–27, esp. 117. 27. A. E. Babaev, “Lev Tolstoi i muzyka” [introductory essay] in Lev Tolstoi i muzyka (1977), 17–18. Tolstoy and music 31 28. Michael A. Denner, “Accidental Art: Tolstoy’s Poetics of Unintentionality,” Philosophy and Literature 27 (2003): 284–303, esp. 291. 29.
Anniversary Essays on Tolstoy by Donna Tussing Orwin