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Creeping towards Tolstoy

I'm considering reading War and Peace this year, maybe over the summer.
I haven't read his other works. What would be a good starting point for someone new to Tolstoy--one of his other novels, the short stories, etc.? I don't want to just dive into the deep end the first time around.



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Re: Creeping towards Tolstoy

The Death of Ivan Ilyich or Anna Karenina, maybe.

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I started with Anna Karenina and absolutely loved it. Haven't really read anything else by him, sadly

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...IMO, Dostoyevsky is a better choice...

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I've always considered Dostoyevsky more mindful, whereas Tolstoy was more soulful. They're definitely different enough so that they're not exactly competing in the same space, in my thoughts at least.

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Which translation would you recommend?


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Re: Creeping towards Tolstoy

Thanks, but I'm just a monolingual English speaker/reader (and some days, I fumble over that).
Anyone else have suggestions for good English translations? My available choices
are Maude, Garnett, or Pevear/Volokhonsky.



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I read and liked the Maude translation.

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I also read the Maude translation and loved it, but people also love raving about Pevear/Volokhonsky translations I know. You probably can't go wrong between the two.

It IS daunting to dive into his novels. They are pretty lengthy. His short stories are great too, but I don't get quite the same response. I really felt like I had jumped into these people's lives in the novels. Like I honestly missed them after it was over. One of those times when you know you're close to the last page and just hoping there's more before you reach the end.

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Thanks to everyone who replied. I'll have to compare parts of the Maude and P/V translations, I guess.



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