By Leo Tolstoy
The moment quantity of Tolstoy's Diaries covers the years 1895-1910. those Diaries have been meticulously edited through R. F. Christian with a purpose to replicate Tolstoy's preoccupations as a author (his perspectives on his personal paintings and that of others), his improvement as anyone and as a philosopher, and his attitudes to modern social difficulties, rural existence, industrialisation, schooling, and later, to non secular and religious questions. Christian introduces every one interval with a quick and informative precis of the most biographical information of Tolstoy's lifestyles. the result's a special portrait of an outstanding author within the variegation of his daily existence.
An vital and long-overdue contribution to our wisdom of Tolstoy.' D. M. Thomas, Sunday Times
'As an image of the turbulent Russian international which Tolstoy inhabited those diaries are incomparable - the uncooked stuff now not but processed into art.' Anthony Burgess
'A version of scholarship, some of the most vital books to be released in contemporary years.' A. N. Wilson, Spectator
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Dad told us we were having something special for dessert—a flaming ice-cream cake. The waiter wheeled out a tray with the cake on it, and the woman with the gloves lit it with a taper. Everyone stopped eating to watch. The flames had a slow, watery movement, rolling up into the air like ribbons. Everyone started clapping, and Dad jumped up and raised the waiter’s hand above his head as if he’d won first prize. A few days later, Mom and Dad went off to the blackjack table and then almost immediately came looking for us.
Then Grandma would make a snide comment about Dad being shiftless. Dad would say something about selfish old crones with more money than they knew what to do with, and soon enough they’d be face-to-face in what amounted to a full-fledged cussing contest. ” Grandma would scream. ” Dad would shout back. ” Dad had the more inventive vocabulary, but Grandma Smith could outshout him; plus, she had the home-court advantage. A time would come when Dad had had enough and he’d tell us kids to get in the car.
Mom, however, told us that the FBI wasn’t really after Dad; he just liked to say they were because it was more fun having the FBI on your tail than bill collectors. We moved around like nomads. We lived in dusty little mining towns in Nevada, Arizona, and California. They were usually nothing but a tiny cluster of sad, sunken shacks, a gas station, a dry-goods store, and a bar or two. They had names like Needles and Bouse, Pie, Goffs, and Why, and they were near places like the Superstition Mountains, the dried-up Soda Lake, and the Old Woman Mountain.