Tolstoy's False Disciple: The Untold Story of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Chertkov

Tolstoy s False Disciple The Untold Story of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Chertkov On the snowy morning of February the Petersburg secret police were following Tolstoy s every move At sixty nine Russia s most celebrated writer was being treated like a major criminal Promin

  • Title: Tolstoy's False Disciple: The Untold Story of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Chertkov
  • Author: Alexandra Popoff
  • ISBN: 9781605986401
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Tolstoy's False Disciple: The Untold Story of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Chertkov

    On the snowy morning of February 8, 1897, the Petersburg secret police were following Tolstoy s every move At sixty nine, Russia s most celebrated writer was being treated like a major criminal Prominent Russians were always watched, but Tolstoy earned particular scrutiny Over a decade earlier, when his advocacy on behalf of oppressed minorities angered the Orthodox ChuOn the snowy morning of February 8, 1897, the Petersburg secret police were following Tolstoy s every move At sixty nine, Russia s most celebrated writer was being treated like a major criminal Prominent Russians were always watched, but Tolstoy earned particular scrutiny Over a decade earlier, when his advocacy on behalf of oppressed minorities angered the Orthodox Church and the Tsar, he was placed under permanent police surveillance Although Tolstoy was wearing his peasant garb, people on the streets had no trouble recognizing him from his portraits He was often seen in the company of his chief disciple, Vladimir Chertkov A man of striking appearance, twenty five years younger, Chertkov commanded attention His photographs with Tolstoy show him towering over the writer Close to the Tsars and to the chief of the secret police, Chertkov represented the very things Tolstoy had renounced class privilege, unlimited power, and wealth Yet, Chertkov fascinated and attracted Tolstoy He became the writer s closest confidant, even reading his daily diary, and by the end of Tolstoy s life, had established complete control over the writer and his legacy Tolstoy s full exchange with Chertkov comprises than 2,000 letters, making him the writer s largest correspondent The Russian archives have suppressed much of this communication as well as Chertkov s papers for than a century The product of ground breaking archival research, Tolstoy s False Disciple promises to be a revelatory portrait of the two men and their three decade long clandestine relationship.

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    1. Louise

      Who was Vladimir Chertkov and why did he attach himself to Leo Tolstoy and a movement so at odds with his aristocratic standing and his lifestyle? This book will make you even more curious about the answers.The questions begin early on. Like many of his aristocratic peers, he was able to do most anything financially, but his access to royal favor is staggering. Was he the bastard son of Alexander II? The portraits of the two men strongly suggest this is so. Sophia Tolstoy claimed to recognize h [...]

    2. Claire

      No wonder. (Someone in this room has happily been reading Tolstoy for years and years, only mildly cognisant of everything else going on like the pressures on him. There are so many other things to glean from Tolstoy, such as the Russian language!)I like how much A. Popoff cites the letters written around these people. I think it's best to draw conclusions about people from these as opposed to how others around them claim they've acted.So the State Museum of Leo Tolstoy is on Prechistenka Street [...]

    3. Nancy

      Alexendra Popoff provides lots of information about the relationship of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Chertkov. It isn't much of a spoiler to say that Chertkov was a hypocritical manipulative man who knew how to get his way. The middle section of the book seems repetitive with all the examples of Chertkov controlling Tolstoy for Chertkov's benefit. The story Poppff tells is fascinating but it felt incomplete. I came away still wondering what the spark was that allowed Chertkov to get so many people t [...]

    4. Janette Mcmahon

      An interesting look at Tolstoy's very manipulated life. The mysterious Chertkov was a man who could defy all conventions and integrate into different levels and even warring factions. While Chertkov was not a person anyone could trust, his abilities were mind boggling and continue to be researched.

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