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: 277
  • 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.

    Tolstoy s False Disciple The Untold Story of Apr , In Tolstoys False Disciple, Popoff portrays Tolstoys most famous follower Vladimir Chertkov Popoff gained access to Chertkovs archives The result is a well written, polemical view of Tolstoys self appointed vicar on earth. Tolstoy s False Disciple The Untold Story of Leo Tolstoy ALEXANDRA POPOFF is the author of literary biographies SOPHIA TOLSTOY, THE WIVES a best WSJ non fiction title for , and of TOLSTOY S FALSE DISCIPLE, which tells a story of Leo Tolstoy s clandestine relationship with his disciple and moral opposite, Vladimir Chertkov. Tolstoy s False Disciple, by Alexandra Popoff The New Nov , Tolstoy s False Disciple, by Alexandra Popoff In , Lev Tolstoy died of pneumonia in a filthy house at a provincial train station He had fled home at the urging of his closest disciple Tolstoy s False Disciple QA Russian Literature and Dec , Tolstoy s False Disciple QA December , by Alexandra I am publishing my answers to questions about my book, Tolstoy s False Disciple, that I have received through social media and during the book s launch at McNally Robinson Bookstore in Saskatoon. Tolstoy s false disciple the untold story of Leo Tolstoy Tolstoy s false disciple the untold story of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Chertkov Alexandra Popoff 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. Tolstoy s False Disciple Pegasus Books Tolstoy s False Disciple The Untold Story of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Chertkov Alexandra Popoff The new book from the critically acclaimed author of The Wives and Sophia Tolstoy sheds light on one of the strangest and most unusual relationships in literary history which has been steeped in secrecy for than a century. Tolstoy s False Disciple Free Online Library Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, Tolstoy s False Disciple The Untold Story of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Chertkov should be considered a mandatory addition to academic library collections and supplemental studies reading lists for students of Russian history in general, and Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy in particular. Tolstoy s False Disciple The Untold Story of Leo Tolstoy Find items like Tolstoy s False Disciple The Untold Story of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Chertkov and read review with a star rating at Daedalus Books An astute observer and judge of human nature, Leo Tolstoy nonetheless had a blind spot for three decades, he maintained a close friendship with Vladimir Chertkov, whose wealth, worldliness, and ties to the Russian police were the TOLSTOY S FALSE DISCIPLE Kirkus Reviews A Canadian biographer examines Leo Tolstoy s enigmatic love friendship, which was steeped in shared Christian values With access to heretofore unavailable archival material suppressed during the Soviet era due to its problematic Christian and homoerotic elements, Popoff The Wives The Women Books In Tolstoy s False Disciple, Alexandra asks many by Alexandra Popoff One fine day in June , a lone Russian nihilist visited Leo Tolstoy on his country estate Come to hear the master, the stranger questioned Tolstoy about hi

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    One thought on “Tolstoy's False Disciple: The Untold Story of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Chertkov

    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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