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Understanding Tolstoy Hardcover – September 16, 2011
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"[Kaufman] has written a lucid, wide-ranging, and passionate book...one of the best introductions to Tolstoy and his art."--Lazar Fleishman, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University
"Andrew Kaufman is one of the first American scholars in a generation to hear Tolstoy's voice." --Pyotr Palievsky, editor of The Complete Collected Works of L.N. Tolstoy, published by the Russian Academy of Sciences
“What pulled me to Understanding Tolstoy with enormous force were two things. First, Andrew D. Kaufman’s mastery of the whole Tolstoyan world, in both its artistic and critical texts, is quite impressive. I was particularly moved by the description of his experience at Tolstoy’s estate. Second, Kaufman is very personable as a writer, the kind you would like to get to know and talk Tolstoy with.” —Irwin Weil, professor emeritus, Slavic languages and literatures, Northwestern University
About the Author
Andrew D. Kaufman is lecturer and Academic Community Engagement Faculty Fellow in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Research Affiliate, Youth-NEX, the UVa Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia.
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Here is my reaction to the book. You may be interested to know that a major publishing house found this book so intriguing that Andy is half-way through another book on Tolstoy that is under contract with this publishing house.
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I enjoyed this personal conversation with the author of Understanding Tolstoy immensely. He brought Tolstoy to life once again as I recalled each work he discussed. His knowledge of the works of Tolstoy and of Tolstoy himself provided new and exciting insights into one of the world's greatest writers and into the existential issues that Tolstoy dealt with and that each of us deals with frequently. Each chapter stands by itself and adds additional insight and introspection. The book does not need to be read sequentially or in a short prior of time. I read a chapter or two, put it down, returned to read another chapter and another. I wished it were longer. I'll read it again. It's that good!