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Leo Tolstoy born 1828.

He is regarded as one of the greatest novelists in the history of world literature. His all-encompassing War and Peace and Anna Karenina are acknowledged as supreme examples of the realistic novel.

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Anna Karenina (1877) by Leo Tolstoy

“Rummaging in our souls, we often dig up something that ought to have lain there unnoticed. ”

I started a tradition a couple summers ago that involves reading one piece of 19th century Russian literature over the summer. 1,373 more words


August 28 in history

489  Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths defeats Odoacer at the Battle of Isonzo, forcing his way into Italy.

1189  Third Crusade: the Crusaders began the… 623 more words


Lev Tolstoy museum on Pyatnitskaya, Moscow

Still another point of interest on the newly renovated Pyatnitskaya Street. Look at the luscious new peach-colored paint on the wall around the plaque proclaiming this modest building at 12 Pyatnitskaya Street the Lev Tolstoy Museum and the Tolstoy Center on Pyatnitskaya. 693 more words

Architecture, Various

The Curse of Knowledge

“Don’t let what you know get in the way of what you don’t.” – Lee Brooks (me!)

Knowledge is definitely a good thing, but it can sometimes lead us astray.

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Happy Birthday to The Reading Light!

I have no qualms in admitting that when I decided to start this blog it was with a feeling of trepidation and a certain sense of the unknown, rooted in the fact that I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. 1,623 more words

“Love hinders death. Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love.

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