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September 24, 2021

'For a historian... there are heroes; for the artist... there cannot and should not be any heroes, but there should be people.'



The passages above are from "A Few Words Apropos of the Book 'War and Peace,'" Tolstoy's appendix to his novel, published in the magazine Russian Archive in 1868, before the final parts of the book had appeared in print.

If the appendix is this good, finally reading the novel after 50+ years full of false starts on my part promises to be even better than insanely great, as people have been remarking about it for the one hundred fifty-four years since it was first published in 1867.

September 24, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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