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    DescriptionBy 1910, Leo Tolstoy, the world's most famous author, had become an almost religious figure, surrounded on his lavish estate by family and followers alike. Set in the tumultuous last year of the count's life, "The Last Station" centres on the battle for his soul waged by his wife and his leading disciple.Torn between his professed doctrine of poverty and chastity on the one hand and the reality of his enormous wealth, his thirteen children, and a life of hedonism on the other, Tolstoy makes a dramatic flight from his home. Too ill to continue beyond the tiny station of Astapovo, he believes he is dying alone, while outside over one hundred newspapermen are awaiting hourly reports on his condition.Narrated in six different voices, including Tolstoy's own from his diaries and literary works, "The Last Station" is a richly inventive novel that dances bewitchingly between fact and fiction.


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    Title
    The Last Station
    Subtitle
    A Novel of Tolstoy's Final Year
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jay Parini
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 721 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781841959672
    ISBN 10: 1841959677
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Libri: ENGL3010, ENGM1010
    DC22: 813.54
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Libri: RUSS9070
    BISAC V2.8: FIC027000, FIC014000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Edition statement
    Main ed
    Publisher
    Canongate Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Canongate Books Ltd
    Publication date
    08 November 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Edinburgh
    Author Information
    Jay Parini a novelist and poet -- is Axinn Professor of English at Middlebury College in Vermont. His six novels include THE LAST STATION, BENJAMIN'S CROSSING and THE APPRENTICE LOVER. His volumes of poetry include THE ART OF SUBTRACTION: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS. In addition to biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, and William Faulkner, he has written a volume of essays on literature and politics as well as THE ART OF TEACHING. He edited the OXFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN LITERATURE and writes regularly for THE GUARDIAN and other publications.
    Review quote
    "One of the best historical novels written in the last twenty years." GORE VIDAL "Jay Parini has written a stylish, beautifully paced and utterly beguiling novel." SUNDAY TIMES "One of those rare works of fiction that manage to demonstrate both scrupulous historical research and true originality of voice and perception." NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW "An impressively knowing and sensitive performance, a wistful late twentieth-century tribute to the giant conflicts of a more titanic age" OBSERVER"