100 reasons why Leo Tolstoy cried

100 причин, почему плачет Лев Толстой

Katya Gushchina

A + A | 2022 | 108 pages | 17 x 24 cm | hardcover

Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer, is best known for his novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1878). Although the world’s greatest novelist was a courageous man, he made a difference in the world using intelligence and kindness, instead of aggression and force. By his example, Leo Tolstoy showed that boys do cry, they can express their feelings, nurture others, and embrace everything they love. Leo Tolsoty’s heart responded with pain and excitement to almost everything — whether it were poems and prose by fellow-writers or hunger in the surrounding villages, not to mention family affairs. Through the crystal prism of tears, Katya Gushchina shows us a multifaceted world in which Leo Tolstoy created his groundbreaking novels.

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  • "There’s an odd prejudice that it’s shameful for men to cry. Leo Tolstoy had a lot of characteristics that are traditionally considered manly: he was brave, physically strong and hardy, ardent and determined. However, he often cried. Artist Katya Gushchina shows us in a very cheerful and moving manner how, when and under what circumstances he shed his tears, thus challenging one of the most common gender stereotypes."

    Andrei Zorin, professor and chair of Russian at the University of Oxford, author of Leo Tolstoy
  • A graphic novel about one of the greatest Russian writers: a unique and extremely compelling overview on Leo Tolstoy’s life.

  • An extraordinary book that both children and adults love!