Books About Anna Karenina
By Richard F. Gustafson
This serious and important book challenges the widely held view of Tolstoy as two radically different men, "the pre-conversion artist and the post-conversion religious thinker." By using the later works to clarify the earlier ones, Gustafson argues persuasively for the essential coherence of Tolstoy's work, a coherence that stems from his religious thinking and his desperate life-long search for faith. This book is a remarkable piece of scholarship and should appeal both to scholars and the general public, especially those interested in Tolstoy's work, in theology, or in the history of ideas.