Tolstoy: A Very Short Introduction [#604]
Tolstoy: A Very Short Introduction [#604]

19世紀ロシアを代表する文豪、レフ・ニコラエヴィチ・トルストイ(1828-1910年)。文学史上最高の作品としてしばしば挙げられる『戦争と平和』や『アンナ・カレーニナ』のような文学だけでなく、国家権力やロシア正教会を厳しく批判する論文なども数多く執筆しています。本書では時を経て愛され続ける主な文学作品を中心に、思想や評論などの著述も検討し、トルストイ作品の根幹を成すテーマに迫ります。また、その作品が今日の文学に及ぼし続ける影響についても浮き彫りにします。(cf. War and Peace (Oxford World's Classics); Anna Karenina (Oxford World's Classics) ほか)

  • Introduces the life and work of Leo Tolstoy, one of the greatest novelists ever to have lived
  • Explores Tolstoy's celebrated novels and nonfiction writings to reveal the core themes and thought at the heart of his work
  • Considers Tolstoy's different roles as a writer, thinker, and activist
  • Traces the influence of Tolstoy's work on modern literature, and highlights those aspects of his work that are still relevant today
  • Addresses the eternal questions of love, death, war, peace, faith, and activism found in Tolstoy's writings

War and Peace and Anna Karenina are widely recognised as two of the greatest novels ever written. Their author, Leo Tolstoy, has been honoured as the father of the modern war story; as an innovator in psychological prose and forerunner of stream of consciousness; and as a genius at using fiction to reveal the mysteries of love and death. At the time of his death in 1910, Tolstoy was known the world over as both a great writer and as a merciless critic of institutions that perpetrated, bred, or tolerated injustice and violence in any form. 
Yet among literary critics and rival writers, it has become a commonplace to disparage Tolstoy's " In this Very Short Intorduction Liza Knapp explores the heart of Tolstoy's work. Focussing on his masterpieces of fiction which have stood the test of time, she analyses his works of non-fiction alongside them, and sketches out the core themes in Tolstoy's art and thought, and the interplay between them. Tracing the continuing influence of Tolstoy's work on modern literature, Knapp highlights those aspects of his writings that remain relevant today.


1: From "Ant Brothers" to loving all as brothers and sisters
2: Tolstoy on War and on Peace
3: Tolstoy on love
4: Tolstoy on death
5: What Tolstoy believed
6: What then must we do?
7: Tolstoy's art and Tolstoy's devices
Further reading


Liza Knapp is a Professor of Slavic Languages at Columbia University; before coming to Columbia in 2004, she taught for a decade in the Slavic Department at the University of California at Berkeley. She teaches and writes widesly on the subjects of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, and is the author of Anna Karenina and Others: Tolstoy's Labyrinth of Plots(2016), and The Annihilation of Inertia: Dostoevsky and Metaphysics (1996). Knapp is also the co-editor of the MLA Approaches to Teaching Anna Karenina (2003), and the editor of Dostoevsky's The Idiot: A Critical Companion (1998).

"... excellent short biograph[y]." - Donna Tussing Orwin, Slavonic and East European Review

"Knapp has succeeded in writing a worthwhile introduction to Tolstoy, perfectly suited to the classroom or, for that matter, anyone with some curiosity and two hours of quiet. Even Tolstoy scholars will appreciate her insights and, more importantly, her ability to connect seemingly divergent aspects of this notoriously unstable genius." - Martin Denver, Russian Review

"A superb short work." - Paradigm Explorer

"Liza Knapp has given us the ideal introduction to Tolstoy a marvellous synthesis and critique that takes his ideas and philosophy as seriously as his novels. Brilliantly written and useful." - Jay Parini, author of The Last Station

"Dazzling. Compelling. Moving! Knapp brilliantly illuminates the inseparability of Tolstoys art and thought and how a cherished childhood game inspired both." - Robin Feuer Miller, Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature, Brandeis University


ISBN : 9780198813934

Liza Knapp
168 ページ
111 x 174 mm
Very Short Introductions





Tolstoy: A Very Short Introduction [#604]

Tolstoy: A Very Short Introduction [#604]

Tolstoy: A Very Short Introduction [#604]