Judith Armstrong: War & Peace and Sonya

A tumultuous coupling

Carol Middleton

 

War & Peace and Sonya
by Judith Armstrong
Pier 9, $29.99 pb, 249 pp, 9781742665405

 

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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Carol Middleton

Carol Middleton

Carol Middleton is a journalist, arts critic and author, based in Melbourne. Her short story awards include second place in the Age competition. She is published in the anthology Melbourne Subjective. Carol is a regular storyteller for Stonnington libraries.



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