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    DescriptionThrough never-before-seen photographs and intriguing personal diaries, this beautiful book provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of Countess Sophia Tolstoy and her husband, Leo Tolstoy--one of the greatest authors of all time--set against the grand and terrifying backdrop of aristocratic Russia on the brink of its demise. Between 1885 and 1910, Countess Tolstoy made more than a thousand photographs representing her entire world--from artists to aristocrats to peasants to family, from the Crimea to Moscow to the family estate 100 kilometers to the south. She also kept detailed diaries, which sweep us into fashionable balls and local gossip...magical scenes of winter in Russia...and devastating famine in the countryside. Sophia's works deepen our understanding of the era as well as of this amazing woman, who had thirteen children, battled a troubled marriage, and, though blessed with a creative life of her own, was so devoted to her husband's career that she hand-copied his great works "Anna Karenina" and "War and Peace" many times over. "Song Without Words" showcases the photographs by theme, with Sophia's writings providing emotional context for many of the images. Commentary by author Leah Bendavid-Val weaves through the book, linking diaries with pictures and placing each in its historical and literary setting. Autobiographical in nature, yet global in its true scope, "Song Without Words" brings to light the gifts of a major figure whose previously unknown works enrich our knowledge of literature, photography, and history.

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    Song without Words
    The Photographs and Diaries of Sophia Tolstoy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Leah Bendavid-Val
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 213 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 1,140 g
    ISBN 13: 9781426201738
    ISBN 10: 1426201737

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    BIC subject category V2: DSBF, DSK
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGLA
    LC subject heading:
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AGR
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5A
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000, BIO022000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/LATE18
    BIC subject category V2: BGL
    DC22: 891.733
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/PREWWI
    BISAC V2.8: HIS032000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET180
    Ingram Theme: CULT/RUSSIA
    BISAC V2.8: PHO010000, BIO006000
    BIC subject category V2: 2AGR
    LC subject heading: ,
    Illustrations note
    National Geographic Society
    Imprint name
    National Geographic Society
    Publication date
    11 October 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Hanover, PA
    Author Information
    Leah Bendavid-Val, Director of Photography Publishing for National Geographic Books, is the author of Propaganda & Dreams: Photographing the 1930s in the USSR and the US; Changing Reality: Recent Soviet Photography; National Geographic: The Photographs; and Stories on Paper & Glass. She has curated photography exhibitions for museums worldwide.