Alma Books (UK) is publishing over fifty years worth of Sofia Tolstoy’s diaries and they make Leo look pretty bad.
“All the things that he preaches for the happiness of humanity only complicate life to the point where it becomes harder and harder for me to live,” wrote Sofia – who transcribed all of Tolstoy’s manuscripts, including War and Peace, in longhand – at the start of 1895. “His vegetarian diet means the complication of preparing two dinners, which means twice the expense and twice the work. His sermons on love and goodness have made him indifferent to his family, and mean the intrusion of all kinds of riff-raff into our family life. And his (purely verbal) renunciation of worldly goods has made him endlessly critical and disapproving of others.”