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Ound of one of The Diaries eBook #185 the most turbulent periods in her country’s history as old feudal Russia was transformed by three revolutions and three major international warsYet it is as Sofia Tolstoy’s own life story the study of one woman’s private exper. She was such an interesting person and her diaries convey this I absolutely loved this book

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Ience that these diaries are most valuable and moving They reveal a woman of tremendous vital energy Diaries of Sofia Epub #224 and poetic sensibility who in the face of provocation and suffering continued to strive for the higher things in life and to remain indomitabl. Sophia and Lev Tolstoy surrounded by eight of their childrenSophia went to live at Tolstoy s estate of Yasnaya Polyana after her marriage She was eighteen he was thirty four The couple had thirteen children in all five didn t survive childhood

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After marrying Count Leo Tolstoy the of Sofia Epub #220 renowned author of Anna Karenina and War and Peace Sofia Tolstoy kept a detailed diary until his death in Her life was not an easy one she idealized her husband but was tormented by him She lived against the backgr. Sophia Behrs was only 18 when she was introduced to the 34 year old Count Leo Tolstoy in 1862 and by the September of the same year they were married in Moscow On the eve of their wedding Leo Tolstoy asked his bride to be to read his diaries in which he describes his sexual relationships with serfs a love affair with one young woman in particular who bore him a child and his homosexual leanings The young Sophia was both devastated and disgusted by what she had read The whole of my husband s past is so ghastly that I don t think I shall ever be able to accept it When he kisses me I am always thinking I am not the first woman he has loved It hurts me so much that my love for him the dearest thing in the world to me should not be enough for him From this undesirable beginning sprang a tortuous and tumultuous life together The Tolstoy s lived in Yasnaya Polyana Leo s 4000 acre estate and had 13 children in all eight of whom survived Sophia was to be in charge of the estate the children and Leo himself and it is through her diary that we gain an insight into how unhappy she was with her lot In 1863 after only a year of marriage she states I am to gratify his pleasure and nurse his child I am a piece of household furniture I am a woman I try to suppress all human feelings Their relationship was composed of two disparate characters Sophia wanted a spiritual side to their life together whilst Leo demanded sexual relations but refused to use birth control When Sophia did get pregnant he would become repulsed by her My pregnancy is to blame for everything I m in an unbearable state physically and mentally As far as Lyova is concerned I don t exist From her diary the reader soon discovers that Sophia did everything within their relationship around the estate and was even a literary agent for her husband She ensured copyright for his works and battled continuously with the Russian censors on his behalf She put in a tremendous amount of effort into advancing his writings and every evening she would copy out his untidy drafts with her neat handwriting returning them to Tolstoy the next day for him to revise once again which would lead to copying for her Sophia copied out War and Peace seven times But it is this aspect of their relationship that provides her with a sense of being wanted and needed by her husbandWhen he reached middle age Tolstoy turned away from writing toward shaping his own version of Christianity In the mid 1880s Leo became a religious guru and turned his back on fiction and on his wife He threatened to give away all his property and the copyright to his works to the Russian people Around this time Sophia s diary entries become fraught What I have predicted has come true my passionate husband has died and since he was never a friend to me how could he be one to me now This is not the life for me On many occasions throughout the diary the reader is privy to Sophia s longing to have the time to become a musician or artist hundreds of times I have felt my intellectual energy stir within me and all sorts of desires for education a love of music and the arts But this was not to be time and time again I have crushed and smothered these longings She does have music lessons and tries in a two and a half hour session to master the 8th Invention by Bach Her creative abilities were not only musical for some of Sophia s fascinating photographs of the Tolstoy family are reproduced hereThe Diaries of Sophia Tolstoy is a 450page tome that spanning 57 years in the life of this remarkably intelligent and tolerant woman Her life was not an easy one for she loved her husband even though he tormented her and in the background to it was one of the most turbulent times in Russian history These private diaries offer the reader an insight into the predicament of women in the past I can t see many 21st century females putting up with that kind of behaviour but the pages are mainly filled with deep seated neurosis pain and anguish They are not an easy read so I would recommend a dipping in and out approach


10 thoughts on “The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy

  1. says:

    I didn't read the whole thing I stopped at about the same time Sofia stopped being pregnant all the time and Lev started having his

  2. says:

    Sophia Behrs was only 18 when she was introduced to the 34 year old Count Leo Tolstoy in 1862 and by the September of the same year they were m

  3. says:

    I could only read this book in smaller doses Sofia's life is full of pain sorrow anguish fearor was it that bad? Sofia herself said that she only writes in her diary when she's feeling sad lonely mad depressed etc There are large gaps of missi

  4. says:

    I've a fondness for reading diaries this one is uite good Besides it's fun to say 'I'm currently reading Tolstoy Sofia Tolstoy'

  5. says:

    She writes “Everyone asks ‘But why should a worthless woman like you need an intellectual artistic life?’ To this I can only reply ‘I do

  6. says:

    She was such an interesting person and her diaries convey this I absolutely loved this book

  7. says:

    Sophia and Lev Tolstoy surrounded by eight of their childrenSophia went to live at Tolstoy's estate of Yasnaya Polyana after her marriage She was eighteen he was thirty four The couple had thirteen children in all—five didn't survive childhood

  8. says:

    The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy are just that the personal diaries of the wife of Count Lev Nikolavevich Tolstoy or as most of us know him Leo Tolstoy This book is no walk in the park It's big and tedious but in between all of those days with m

  9. says:

    I've actually read the introduction and the first 20 pages or so of this book; just grabbed it up when I saw it at the bookstoreI've read enough to confirm my existing impression that Tolstoy the finest novelist of his age and place was a rotten person at least to live withLooking forward to seeing how Sonia Tolstaya struggled to reconcile her own desires with being a good wife to Tolstoy and a good mother to their nin

  10. says:

    The book I read was actually Любовь и бунт Love and Rebel but I couldn't find it on goodreads so The book is mostly a diary by Sofia

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