If you know who Leo Tolstoy is, then you will unmistakably know that today’s Google Doodle is about him. Today September 9, 2014 Google celebrates the world renowned author of novels like “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina”.
Leo Tolstoy was born on September 9, 1828 in Yasnaya Polyana, Russian Empire and he passed away November 20, 1910 at the age of 82 in Astapovo, Russian Empire. He was an Author, Novelist, Short Story Writer, Playwright and Essayist.
His works included War and Peace, Anna Karenina, A Confession, The Kingdom of God Is Within You and the Resurrection to name a few.
Sex, Sexual Passion and Emotional Insensitivity
Most interestingly Leo Tolstoy was married to Sophia Tolstaya and they had 14 kids together. It is well known that the author loved sex, and that he was very sexual active and had a very high sex drive. On the evening of their marriage Leo Tolstoy revealed his sexual past to his wife in a diary describing the details of his sexual adventures and past.
In the beginning their marriage seemed very happy, but according to AN Wilson the marriage later deteriorated and he described it as the “Most unhappily Marriage in Literary History”.
After the Russian Revolution, most of Leo Tolstoy family members and kids left Russia and now live in countries like Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom, France and the United States. Among them are Swedish singer Viktoria Tolstoy and Swedish landowner Christopher Paus, Herresta.
Leo Tolstoy Giant of Russian literature
Leo Tolstoy is one of the giants of Russian literature; his works include the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina and novellas such as Hadji Murad and The Death of Ivan Ilyich.
His contemporaries paid him lofty tributes. Fyodor Dostoyevsky thought him the greatest of all living novelists. Gustave Flaubert, on reading a translation of War and Peace, exclaimed, “What an artist and what a psychologist!” Anton Chekhov, who often visited Tolstoy at his country estate, wrote, “When literature possesses a Tolstoy, it is easy and pleasant to be a writer; even when you know you have achieved nothing yourself and are still achieving nothing, this is not as terrible as it might otherwise be, because Tolstoy achieves for everyone. What he does serves to justify all the hopes and aspirations invested in literature.”
About War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace is a novel by Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature. It is considered as Tolstoy’s finest literary achievement.
War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events surrounding the French invasion of Russia, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families. Portions of an earlier version of the novel, then known as The Year 1805 were serialized in the magazine The Russian Messenger between 1865 and 1867. The novel was first published in its entirety in 1869. Newsweek in 2009 ranked it first in its list of the Top 100 Books. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 20 on the BBC’s survey The Big Read.
Anna Karenina and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Published in serial installments from 1873 to 1877 in the periodical The Russian Messenger. Leo Tolstoy clashed with Editor Mikhail Katkov over political issues that arose in the final installment (Leo Tolstoy’s unpopular views of volunteers going to Serbia); therefore, the novel’s first complete appearance was in book form in 1878.
Anna Karenina is the tragic story of a married aristocrat/socialite and her affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. The story starts when she arrives in the midst of a family broken up by her brother’s unbridled womanizing—something that prefigures her own later situation, though she would experience less tolerance by others.
A bachelor, Vronsky is eager to marry her if she would agree to leave her husband Karenin, a government official, but she is vulnerable to the pressures of Russian social norms, her own insecurities, and Karenin’s indecision. Although Vronsky and Anna go to Italy, where they can be together, they have trouble making friends. Back in Russia, she is shunned, becoming further isolated and anxious, while Vronsky pursues his social life. Despite Vronsky’s reassurances, she grows increasingly possessive and paranoid about his imagined infidelity, fearing loss of control.
Hadji Murad by Leo Tolstoy
Hadji Murad was an important Avar leader during the resistance of the peoples of Dagestan and Chechnya in 1811-1864 against the incorporation of the region into the Russian Empire. It is Leo Tolstoy’s final work. The protagonist is Hadji Murat, an Avar rebel commander who, for reasons of personal revenge, forges an uneasy alliance with the Russians he had been fighting.
The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
The Death of Ivan Ilyich is a novella by Leo Tolstoy, one of the masterpieces of his late fiction, written shortly after his religious conversion of the late 1870s.
The novella tells the story of the death, at age 45, of a high-court judge in 19th-century Russia. Living what seems to be a good life, his dreadful relationship with his wife notwithstanding, Ivan Ilyich Golovin injures his side while hanging up curtains in a new apartment intended to reflect his family’s superior status in society.
Within weeks, he has developed a strange taste in his mouth and a pain that will not go away. Several expensive doctors are consulted, but beyond muttering about blind gut and floating kidneys, they can neither explain nor treat his condition, and it soon becomes clear that Ivan Ilyich is dying.
Leo Tolstoy Google Doodle
Today’s Google Doodle tries to tell the story of Leo Tolstoy in its Google Doodle with a slide show. In the first slide show you can see a cartoon drawing unmistakably representing Leo Tolstoy writing his novels at candle light. The next scene of the Leo Tolstoy is about his novel “War and Peace”. Anna Karenina is also in the slide show and of course the Death of Ivan Ilyich. An Awesome way to pay homage to the legendary man himself!