The VOR Treasure-Store
Show hosts: Tatiana Shvetsova
The novel Crime and Punishment by great Russian 19th century author Fyodor Dostoyevsky was published in 1866. Since then it has been translated into many foreign languages, including English.
We would like to acquaint you with one of Leo Tolstoy’s Caucasus novels. The writer found himself in the Caucasus in 1851 at the age of 23 where he had gone to escape the superficiality of his society life. At the time the Russian Imperial Army was waging a war in the Caucasus against the Muslim tribes of the North Caucasus united under the leadership of Imam Shamil. That war began in 1817 and ended in 1864. Tolstoy was accepted for the active military service in the Caucasus. The officers’ company had little attraction for Leo Tolstoy, however, he felt genuinely drawn to the soldiers, particularly to the Cossacks.
We dedicate this program to Igor Talkov, an immensely popular performer of his own songs in the USSR. He was shot dead by handgun in the autumn of 1991 during a show in St.Petersburg.
Leo Tolstoy’s epic timeless novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina are known to lovers of literature all over the world. However, this time we would like to acquaint you with some of Tolstoy's works that are little known abroad – his tales and parables.