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The Last Station

Now a major motion picture starring Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer and James McAvoy

It’s 1910.The life of Leo Tolstoy is moving towards its close.

The assistant: ‘Since my conversion to Tolstoyism, I was hungry for God, hungry to learn, to perfect my soul.’

The most celebrated figure in Russia is surrounded.

The daughter: ‘I have made myself indispensable to Papa, and he is grateful. He loves me now, much as I love him.’

A colony of acolytes and administrators jostle for his favour.

The doctor: ‘I am not so foolish as to think that he is Christ. But Leo Nikolayevich is certainly one of his prophets.’

Torn by the contradictions between his egalitarian creed and his privileged situation, he finds himself desperate for peace.

The wife: ‘I know it for sure now. They’ll do anything to come between me and my husband.’

Drawing on the writings of Tolstoy and his intimates, dancing bewitchingly between fact and fiction, The Last Station evokes brilliantly the battle for the tortured soul of a genius.

Jay Parini
About the Author

Jay Parini is the D. E. Axinn Professor of English & Creative Writing at Middlebury College in Vermont, USA. He is a regular contributor to various journals and newspapers and was a co-counder of the New England Review. He is the author of a number of books on writing and writers, and the novels Bay of Arrows, Benjamin’s Crossing and The...

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1 March 2010
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    ISBN: 9781921776311
    1 March 2010
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