Sofiya Tolstoy’s novella “Whose Fault,” a response to the Kreutzer Sonata, reviewed.
“Sofiya Tolstoy’s long-lost novella tells us more about love and sex than her husband ever could.” – Ron Rosenbaum for “Slate”
From the Publisher
A work unprecedented in world literature, this unique volume contains a new translation of Lev Tolstoy’s controversial novella The Kreutzer Sonata, which was initially banned by Russian censors. In addition, available to English readers for the first time is a fascinating and previously neglected constellation of counterstories written by the author’s wife and son in direct response to Tolstoy’s provocative tale, each a passionate attempt to undo the message of the original work. These radically conflicting tales, accompanied by excerpts from family letters, diaries, notes, and memoirs, provide readers with a vivid and highly revealing case study of the powerful disputes concerning sexuality and gender roles that erupted within the cultural context of late-nineteenth-century Russian, as well as European, society.
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- Divine genius does not exist: Hard work, not magical inspiration, is essence of creativity – “Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours rule has a lot going for it: Creativity is not magic — it’s work.”
If you’re not reading, I hope you’re writing. If you’re not writing, I hope you’re doing research for the writing. Otherwise, I hope your working on cover art and formatting or at least sending out a query to an agent or a publisher.
Malcolm R. Campbell is the author of “Emily’s Stories” and “The Lady of the Blue Hour.” Both are available on Kindle. “Emily’s Stories” is also available as an audio book narrated by actress Kelley Hazen and in paperback.