Books: Family of a Genius

THE TOLSTOY HOME (352 pp.]—Diaries of Tatiana Sukhotln-Tolstoy—Columbia University ($4).

The big white house at Yasnaya Polyana was about as private as a goldfish bowl. From the '80s on, not a day passed but three or four total strangers dropped in to beg for money or advice, or simply to have a talk so they could say they had seen the great Leo Tolstoy.

Crank disciples who had bolted down Tolstoy's views on nonviolence, abolition of property, vegetarianism, etc., camped right on the premises. "Khokhlov is still here and getting terribly on one's nerves,"...

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