Tolstoy @ 26
Quotations

Tolstoy @ 26

I am ugly, awkward, untidy and socially uncouth. I am irritable and tiresome to others; immodest, intolerant and shy as a child. In other words, a boor… I am excessive, vacillating, unstable, stupidly vain and aggressive, like all weaklings. I am not courageous. I am so lazy that idleness has become an ineradicable habit with … Continue reading

Tolstoy’s Hadji Murad
Books

Tolstoy’s Hadji Murad

Leo Tolstoy’s Hadji Murad begins with this now very familiar device of the unnamed first-person narrator who vanishes, replaced in the rest of the text by an omniscient one, after the story’s premises are introduced.* On his way home, the narrator came across this beautiful  thistle plant called “Tartar,” which he plucks with great difficulty: … Continue reading