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Details enliven but flaws mar Tolstoy portrait

This biography of the multitalented Tolstoy suffers from some factual inaccuracies, translation problems, and uneven pacing, with the dramatic final decade of his life getting short shrift. This biography of the multitalented Tolstoy suffers from some factual inaccuracies, translation problems, and uneven pacing, with the dramatic final decade of his life getting short shrift. (AFP/Getty Images/file (left), Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
By Alexandra Popoff
November 27, 2011
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Among the world’s most celebrated novelists, Leo Tolstoy was a man of immense talent, great passions, and boundless curiosity, which drove him to explore every side of life. More than a writer, he was a pedagogue, spiritual leader, and social critic - and as such attained unparalleled authority, equal to that of the czar. His life was bound to Russia, but as Rosamund Bartlett observes in her new biography, Tolstoy lived “more lives than most other Russians.’’

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TOLSTOY: A Russian Life By Rosamund Bartlett

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 544 pp., illustrated, $35