Tolstoy's War and Peace
“To live in truth in Russia—these were the questions of Tolstoy’s life and work, and the main concerns of War and Peace.”
Orlando Figes, Natasha’s Dance
Through a close study of War and Peacewe will work together to achieve a deeper understanding of nineteenth-century Russian history and culture. Focusing on both the content and form of his great work, we will explore techniques by which this master of Realism was able to create art from life. As is our practice, our seminar will operate through a combination of mini-lecture and spirited discussion. We will read approximately 250 pages a week.