There’s a Black Sheep In Every Family Fold

Count Feodor Ivanovich Tolstoy (1782–1846) was a notorious drunkard, gastronome, and duellist. It is said that he killed 11 people in duels. In 1803 he participated in the first Russian circumnavigation of the Earth. After he had his body tattooed at the Marquesas and debauched all the crew, captain Krusenstern had to maroon him on the Aleutian Islands near Kamchatka. When He returned to St Petersburg, Count Fedor was nicknamed Amerikanets (“the American”). He fought bravely in the Patriotic War of 1812 but […]

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Lifestyle

“Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered.” Leo Tolstoy “War and Peace” In 1896 Scientific American magazine reported “Count Leo Tolstoy…now learn how to ride a bicycle”On this photo he is 68 years old. Leo Tolstoy (70 years old)  skating (1898) Leo Tolstoy (80 years old) playing Gorodki at Yasnaya Polyana (1909)

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Dogs or Cats? Horse of course!

Leo and his favorite horse “Delire” (Yasnaya Polyana, 1908) Here is one of his famous translations of Aesop fables from Leo Tolstoy’s   fables for children (1904) . THE HORSE AND THE GROOM A Groom stole the Horse’s oats, and sold them, but he cleaned the Horse each day. Said the Horse: “If you really wish me to be in good condition, do not sell my oats.” For more […]

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