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June 10, 2013

Tolstoy Reborn

Leo Tolstoy    (1828 - 1910)

Leo Tolstoy
(1828 – 1910)

On this day in 1881, Count Leo Tolstoy donned his peasant coat and homemade bark shoes, gathered his walking staff and two bodyguards, and set out from his estate for the Optina Pustyn monastery. Tolstoy was a national hero for his novels but already in the grip of the religious-political mania which would dominate his writing and trouble his life over the last three decades.

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