Childhood, Boyhood, Youth
by Leo Tolstoy, Trans. By C. J. Hogarth
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?No one has ever excelled Tolstoy in expressing the specific flavour, the exact quality of a feeling.? ?Isaiah Berlin
The artistic work of Leo Tolstoy has been described as "nothing less than one tremendous diary kept for over fifty years." This particular "diary" begins with Tolstoy's first published work,CHILDHOOD, which was written when he was only 23. A semi-autobiographical work, it recounts two days in the childhood of 10-year-old Nikolai Irtenev, recreating vivid impressions of people, place and events with the exuberant perspective of a child enriched by the ironic retrospective understandng of an adult. BOYHOOD and YOUTH soon followed, and Tolstoy was launched on the literary career that would bring him immortality.
This trilogy provides an indispensable introduction to Tolstoy's literary method and his major preoccupation--love, morality and the avoidance of violence. His mastery as a story-teller survives both translation and the passage of time to delight modern readers of every age.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian
This is the first of Tolstoy's autobiographical trilogy, written while he was in the army in the Caucasus and the Crimea. Please Note: This book is easy to read in true text, not scanned images that can sometimes be difficult to decipher. The Microsoft eBook has a contents page linked to the chapter headings for easy navigation. The Adobe eBook has bookmarks at chapter headings and is printable up to two full copies per year. Both versions are text searchable.
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Begun in 1851, when Tolstoy was twenty-three and serving as a cadet in the Russian army, Childhood, the first part of Tolstoy?s first novel, won immediate praise from Turgenev and others, and marked Tolstoy?s emergence as a major writer. Its originality was striking, as Tolstoy sought to communicate with great immediacy the ?poetry? of childhood?the intense emotions, confusions, and fears attendant upon a young boy, Nikolenka, as he grows up. In the years following, Boyhood and Youth appeared (a fourth volume was planned but never executed), each replete with psychological and philosophical subtleties hitherto unknown in Russian literature. In Scammell?s resplendent translation, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth remains one of Tolstoy?s major works.
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“No one has ever excelled Tolstoy in expressing the specific flavour, the exact quality of a feeling.” —Isaiah Berlin
About the Author
Michael Scammell is the author of Solzhenitsyn: A Biography, and has translated many Russian works, including Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, and The Gift and The Defense by Nabokov. He teaches nonfiction writing and translation at Colum-bia University and is working on a biography of Arthur Koestler.
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