Bold decision

  On 17 September 1862 Leo Tolstoy and Sophia Bers became formally engaged after Tolstoy gave Sophia a written proposal of marriage, marrying a week later in Moscow.At the time of their marriage, Leo Tolstoy was already well known as a novelist after the publication of The Cossacks. On the eve of their marriage, Tolstoy gave Sophia his diaries detailing his sexual relations with female serfs. In Anna Karenina, 34 year-old Constantine Levin, a semi-autobiographical character […]

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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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