In the July 2nd, 2010, edition of the Wall Street Journal, Betrand M. Patenaude reviews The Death of Tolstoy: Russia on the Eve, Astapovo Station, 1910 by William Nickell. Here’s an excerpt from the review: “The author of ‘War and Peace’ was the last of the giants of 19th-century Russian literature, yet William Nickell, in his thought-provoking and insightful ‘The Death of Tolstoy,’ convincingly casts Tolstoy’s exit less as the end of a glorious era than as Russia’s “first great modern mass-media event. . . . One often has the feeling, reading The Death of Tolstoy, that Mr. Nickell has joined the stakeout at Astapovo.”
Read the whole review here: The Road to the Stationmaster’s House
The WSJ also ran an excerpt from the book.