Many countries have marked the centenary of Leo Tolstoy's memory by publishing new books, pamphlets, and albums dedicated to his life, work, and aesthetic, religious, and philosophical views. In September 2010, in Moscow, in the publishing house "ID "Rus" - "Olympus"" published another book about Tolstoy - " Ark. The Tolstoy Family", written by the Japanese artist and writer Fumiko Davis, in an excellent translation by T. L. Sokolova-Delyusina. The book will undoubtedly take its place in the anniversary gallery of publications in 2010.
The idea for writing the book came from Fumiko Davis in Yasnaya Polyana, where she arrived decades after her first student trip to Tolstoy's homeland back in the 1970s. "I was overcome by an involuntary excitement, perhaps I did not experience such a strong one even when I entered the territory of the estate where Tolstoy lived for sixty years of his life. My breath caught in my throat, and I couldn't move. I stood for a long time, through the mist of tears that were boiling in my eyes, watching the people who came to worship Tolstoy in deep silence, one by one, lay flowers on the grave. I kept standing and standing, unable to stop my heart from fluttering, " Fumiko recalls of her first exposure to Tolstoy's world. Once again at the turn of the millennium in Russia, in Yasnaya Polyana, having met the writer's great-great-granddaughter Natalia Tolstoy in Moscow, Fumiko saw the country, the city of her youth, and the Yasnaya Polyana estate in which the great writer lived most of his life in a completely new way. But why, after all these years, did Tolstoy still leave home, from his native Yasnaya Polyana, on the night of October 28, 1910? This question nagged at Fumiko incessantly: "An eighty-year-old man suddenly leaves home on a dark, moonless night... Oddly enough, that day, as far as I can remember, I didn't have a question: why? Most likely, the university gave us some simple explanation. Caught up in the exciting world that was op ... Read more