Father Sergius by Tolstoy
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Cameron goes on a tangent about Spain between 4:32 and 9:02 so…feel free to skip that part if you want, it has no bearing on the episode.
This week, Matt and Cameron jump back into Russia’s past with an exploration of one of Tolstoy’s later works, "Father Sergius." In this piece, Tolstoy explores his own version of hagiography - or the telling of a Saint’s Life - with all his usual flair and strong opinion. He is also uncomfortably horny in his writing. Have fun with that!
Major themes: Tolstoy Horny on Main, Saint’s Lives, The History of the Alhambra
08:32 - This is true.
34:56 - “Hagiographical Motifs in Tolstoy’s 'Father Sergius'” by Margaret Ziolkowski
37:50 - “The Apophthegmata Patrum and Tolstoy’s Father Sergius” by Harry Walsh and Paul Alessi
54:38 - "The Polykhaevs" by Pavel Nilin