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The Last Station

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The Last Station By Jay PariniJay Parini’s “The Last Station” is a semi-fictional account of the final year in the life of the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. It reads very much as fiction but is actually a tapestry of voices of those closest to Tolstoy at the end of his life. At the heart of the story is the struggle for the attentions of Tolstoy between his wife, Sofya Andreyevna, and his loyal friend and promoter Vladimir Chertkov. Although Tolstoy was from a privileged family – he was actually a Count though he renounced the title – and spent his youth carousing and gambling, even losing part of the family estate Yasnaya Polyana in a bet, he later became aware of the huge inequalities in Russian society and was very critical of the Tsar and the imperial government. In 1910, his final year, Tolstoy was as much celebrated and idolised in Russia for his political philosophies and stance on poverty as he was for his literary achievements.

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