War & Peace and Sonya by Judith Armstrong

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December 2011–January 2012, no. 337

War & Peace and Sonya by Judith Armstrong

Reviewed by
December 2011–January 2012, no. 337

Judith Armstrong, a Russian and French scholar, has translated the diaries of Tolstoy’s wife, Sonya, to form the focus of her second novel. Armstrong combines an intimate knowledge of Russian literature with a close reading of the couple’s diaries to create a convincing portrait of their volatile relationship through forty-eight years of marriage.

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