by Henri Troyat

A comprehensive biography. Tolstoy was a man of extremes and inconsistencies, and he had a huge ego. He was at times a compulsive gambler, drinker, smoker, philanderer, soldier, pacifist, Christian, vegetarian, temperance crusader, slave owner, libertarian, property owner, communist, anarchist, genius, and idiot. He knew first-hand every emotion of every character in his novels. That is probably why he was such a great novelist.

Year Read: 1981

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