The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy

Lately I’ve been craving non-fiction which this book definitely satisfied. Translated by Cathy Porter, it took me awhile to get through and kept me company with my morning coffee for quite a few months. Something about Sofia’s tenacious spirit and the glimpse into her way of life with a major literary giant at such a turbulent period in Russia kept me interested.

Half way through the book I watched The Last Station starring Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy and Helen Mirren as Sofia, absolutely perfect casting. The movie deals with the final months of Tolstoy’s life and the ongoing battle Sofia waged to end Vladimir Chertkov’s influence over Tolstoy. The book and movie made for a good combo.

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