For the love of Leo Tolstoy

First aired on The Sunday Edition (15/01/2012)

tolstoy-175.jpgThe Sunday Edition recently featured an hour-long look at Leo Tolstoy, one of the undeniable giants of Russian literature.

Tolstoy, who wrote the epic novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, died more 101 years ago, but his work and his life continue to fascinate and generate deep discussion.

Joining host Michael Enright are several Tolstoy experts and enthusiasts. First, Donna Tussing Orwin, president of the North American Tolstoy Society, and Andrew Donskov, director of the University of Ottawa's Slavic Research Group, talk about the author's long legacy. Then, Alexandra Popoff, author of Sophia Tolstoy: A Biography, talks about the Tolstoys' famously tempestuous marriage (which was the subject of the Oscar-nominated film The Last Station in 2009). Finally, Canadian actor Ted Dykstra reads from his stage adaptation of Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata, a controversial novella about love and sexuality.