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Tatyana Tolstaya (Татьяна Толстая) was born in Leningrad, U.S.S.R

Tolstáya se ocupó de la promoción y finanzas de su esposo y copió siete veces el manuscrito de .

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  • On Monday, March 5th the Booked for the Day book group met to discuss Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, while nibbling Russian Tea Cakes and chocolates (provided by Julie!).

    When Tolstoy was 34, he courted and married 18-year-old Sonya Andreevna Behrs, the daughter of a former friend. Most readers of are interested to learn that many of the details of Kitty and Levin’s romance, courtship and marriage are drawn from the author’s relationship with his wife Sonya.

  • Like Levin’s love for the Shcherbatskys, which first drew him to friendship with the older brother, then admiration for Dolly and finally marriage to Kitty, Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy picked out the family he would marry into before he actually chose his bride. He had always planned to marry one of the daughters of his childhood sweetheart, Liubov Behrs. Although the family expected him to choose the eldest daughter, Lisa, Tolstoy found himself captivated instead by the middle sister, Sonya. He began to fall for Sonya when she was still a child of 14: “If she were four years older, I would propose to her now,” he wrote to a friend. Four years later he did propose.

    Tatyana Tolstaya's "Night" relates the story of a middle-aged, retarded man and his eighty-year-old mother, who has devoted her life to caring for him in their Moscow apartment. Characters on the edge of society, such as Alexei and Mamochka, are not unusual in Tolstaya's stories; in fact, she acknowledged in an interview with that she writes of Russians who are "always a little bit crazy."

  • Leo Tolstoy
    Ni Tolstoy a naretrato idiay asienda ti Yasnaya Polyana idi Mayo 1908 babaen ni Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky. Ti is-isu nga ammo a kolor a retrato ti mannurat.
    Dagiti salaysay
    Naiyanak Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy
    (1828-09-09)Septiembre 9, 1828
    Yasnaya Polyana, Ruso nga Imperio
    Natay Nobiembre 20, 1910(1910-11-20) (tawen 82)
    Astapovo, Ruso nga Imperio
    Trabaho Nobelista, mannurat ti ababa a sarita, dramaturgo, manalaysay
    Pagsasao Ruso, Pranses
    Pakipagilian Ruso
    Panawen 1852–1910
    Kangrunaan nga ob-obra Gubat ken Kappia
    Anna Karenina
    Ti Konpesar
    Asawa Sophia Tolstaya
    Annak 14

    Pirma

    Most of Tolstaya's stories, including "Night," are set in a Russia experiencing the tremendous and sometimes traumatic changes of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The Berlin Wall has been torn down, and the monolithic Soviet Union, with its numerous communist satellite states, is crumbling apart. Russian society is economically and politically fragile, and this is reflected in the vulnerability of such characters as Alexei and Mamochka. They scrabble for a living by selling the cardboard boxes Alexei glues together, and they must tiptoe around the neighbors with whom they share cleaning and cooking space.

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Angels, imaginary friends, near-saints, shades and über-ogres fall to Earth among ordinary Russians and routinely succeed in whetting the imagination in this sparkling collection from Tolstoy's great-grandniece, a longtime fiction contributor. It includes her two previous story collections, and , along with more recent work. The opening story, "Loves Me, Loves Me Not," presents the classic hateful nanny/spoiled kids dyad, setting it in a Leningrad full of wonders: some menacing, others joyous. In "Okkerivil River," the hapless Simeonov sets off to rescue (or so he imagines) chanteuse Vera Vasilevna, who has serenaded him from his Victrola for half a lifetime. When he does find her, she turns out to be exactly like the title river: vivid, repugnant and polluted beyond human redress. In "The Circle," Vassily Mikailovich (Tolstaya wryly leaves him without a surname) turns 60 and finds little behind or ahead of him, despite meeting the ghost of former lover Isolde. In "Yorick," a baleen whale, provider of bone for button-making and enabler of childhood fantasies, is elegized as Hamlet's nursemaid and human cairn to the narrator. Beautiful, imaginative and disconcerting, Tolstaya's Russia is a labyrinth of treasures and horrors.