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From Russia with Love: Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and the Landscapes that Shaped Them

How Russia's Terrain Molded Two Literary Titans

Wilbur Greene
Sep 24, 2023
12 min read
Books & Culture

Russia, a nation of vast expanse and profound contrasts, has been a cradle for some of the world's most revered literary works. Its sprawling landscapes, from the icy Siberian tundras to the golden wheat fields of the south, have not just been mere backdrops but catalysts in the narrative of its storied literary history.

Enter Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky, two of the most illustrious names in the realm of literature. These titans, each with their unique voice and perspective, harnessed the power of their homeland's diverse terrains to weave tales that resonate deeply with the human condition. Their narratives are as expansive and intricate as the Russian landscapes themselves, reflecting the struggles, hopes, and philosophies of their time.

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