BOOKS

Tolstoy

A. N. Wilson

RRP: £19.99

7 November 2013

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782390916

RRP: £25.00

1 April 2012

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848879621

RRP: £9.49

18 December 2014

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782395324

In this biography of Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy, A.N. Wilson narrates the complex drama of the writer’s life: his childhood of aristocratic privilege but emotional deprivation, his discovery of his literary genius after aimless years of gambling and womanizing, and his increasingly disastrous marriage. Wilson sweeps away the long-held belief that Tolstoy’s works were the exact mirror of his life, and instead traces the roots of Tolstoy’s art to his relationship with God, with women, and with Russia. He also recreates the world that shaped the great novelist’s life and art – the turmoil of ideas and politics in 19th-century Russia and the literary renaissance that made Tolstoy’s work possible.

REVIEWS

An outstanding biography, first published 25 years ago when it deservedly won great praise and prizes... Wilson is an ideal biographer
Daily Mail

Magisterial... Wilson has an advantage over a mere biographer, looking not to judge his subject but to fully understand the inspirations behind his great works
Daily Express

Wilson is a playful biographer, whose pithiest points are made with a frivolity in gratifying contrast to Tolstoy's odiously sententious disciples
Spectator