How Tolstoy Can Save Putin’s Soul

[PICTURE OF PUTIN AND DOSTOEVSKY, OR JUST PUTIN] If only Putin preferred Dostoevsky over Tolstoy, the relationship between Russia and the West would be much kinder and more productive.   Two Competing Visions for Russia The drama being played out right now between Russia and the West isn’t merely geopolitical. It’s a deep-seated drama of…

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Ten Russian Novels You Need To Read To Be a Better Human

Ten Russian Novels You Need To Read To Be a Better Human by @andrewdkaufman

As President Trump and Vladimir Put get chummy amid political turmoil at home, serious accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, and a general sense of social malaise in both countries, Americans and Russians alike have a lot to think about these days. Both nations would do well to get beyond their ideological differences…

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Why Now Is The Time To Give War and Peace a Chance

Why Now Is The Time To Give War and Peace a Chance by @andrewdkaufman #Tolstoy

  Summer, for many of us, offers a few of those long, unbroken stretches of time that, unlike the rest of our hurried, fragmented lives, positively cry out for a great big, abiding read. So perhaps this is the moment finally to tackle War and Peace. Widely acknowledged as the greatest novel ever written, War…

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