- By Bob Blaisdell
The book that is latest from Alexandra Popoff – composer of the present good biography of Sophia Tolstoy – is composed of six brief biographies of good Russian article writers, from Fyodor Dostoevsky to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and also the spouses whom stood to their rear, ladies who did a lot of strive to provide, promote, and preserve their husbands’ work. The ladies profiled into the spouses all admired their author-husbands before they married them, as well as a handful of them – Anna Dostoevsky, Elena Bulgakov, Nadezhda Mandelstam – the marriages occurred after their dedicated work with the writers had currently begun.
The important thing word is “devotion, ” for the reason that the ladies, when it comes to part that is most – let’s exempt Sophia Tolstoy and Nadezhda Mandelstam – very nearly entirely quit their very own interests and subsumed their lives with their husbands’. The only living subject – together with just one whom Popoff had been able to interview – Natalya Solzhenitsyn, criticized Sophia Tolstoy’s independent streak: “’She should have followed him and lived in a hut, while he had expected. ’ ‘If Sophia enjoyed Tolstoy, she needed to complement; if she stopped loving him ‘she needed to move aside. ’” I would really like to forgive Ms. Solzhenitsyn’s condemnation of a lady whom offered delivery to and looked after numerous kiddies, whom lived remarkably modestly considering her status that is social whom offered 48 several years of love and care to her spouse while copying their manuscripts and posting their work. Read More