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How I Found My Voice and Myself in War and Peace

How I Found My Voice and Myself in War and Peace by @andrewdkaufman #WarAndPeace #voice #Tolstoy

At a book talk I gave a few years ago, a teenage boy in the audience, intrigued by the stories I’d been telling about young characters’ tortuous journeys in War and Peace, asked me a question during the Q&A. “Did Tolstoy, like, really experience all that?” The ingenuous question got me thinking, not only about…

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Teaching Resilience Through Russian Literature

Teaching Resilience Through Russian Literature by @andrewdkaufman #resilience #Books #BooksBehindBars

When Lisa* applied to my course, “Books Behind Bars: Life, Literature, and Leadership” in which University of Virginia students lead discussions about Russian literature with incarcerated youth at Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center, she and I both had high hopes for her success in the class. Her application was impressive. A highly intelligent, passionate, socially conscious…

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