Leo Tolstoy

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In brief: A Swim in a Pond in the Rain; The Slow Road to Tehran; Drift – review
George Saunders leads a writing masterclass, Rebecca Lowe goes on a cycling adventure and Caryl Lewis makes a magical English-language fiction debut

Ben East

01, May, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Anna Karenina review – overthought and underdone
Though well acted, this revival of Helen Edmundson’s 1992 adaptation doesn’t feel ready for the big stage

Clare Brennan

20, Feb, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Anna Karenina review – Tolstoy meets Baz Luhrmann in a magnificent spectacle
With hula hoops and giant birthday cake, this show bashes the narrative with disco glitz, but keeps Anna’s tragic journey right at its centre

Nick Ahad

11, Feb, 2022 @10:42 AM

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The Guardian view on memory in art: fallible yet magical | Editorial
Editorial: Works by great creators such as Jack B Yeats and Tolstoy show how an unreliable recall of the past can be transfigured


27, Jan, 2022 @6:34 PM

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The 20-page rule: how much time should you give a devastatingly boring book?
Novelist Mark Billingham advises readers to angrily launch a book across the room after 20 non-gripping pages – but almost 40% of people will keep going right to the end

12, Oct, 2021 @1:36 PM

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Top 10 bookworms in fiction | Cathy Rentzenbrink
If you’re reading a novel, the chances are you’ll be able to relate to characters who love reading, too. These works showcase some of literature’s finest bibliophiles

Cathy Rentzenbrink

11, Aug, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Helen McCrory shone as Anna Karenina | Brief letters
Brief letters: Supply teachers | Texting the PM | Helen McCrory | European Super League | Picking up the Guardian


22, Apr, 2021 @5:14 PM

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Country diary: cutting-edge technology from the stone age
Wellington, Somerset: The blade is shaped like a toucan’s bill and the long wooden handle has the pleasing curve of a well-balanced spine

Anita Roy

22, Mar, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Christopher Plummer remembered: 'It was a privilege to stand so close to greatness'
Michael Hoffman, who directed Plummer and Helen Mirren in Tolstoy biopic The Last Station, recalls the actors’ joyful connection and how Plummer turned the script into gold

Michael Hoffman

08, Feb, 2021 @10:17 AM

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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders review – rules for good writing, and more
The spell of words ... a wonderful book in which a Booker prizewinner explains what makes classic short stories work so well

Tessa Hadley

06, Jan, 2021 @7:30 AM

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George Saunders: 'These trenches we're in are so deep'
The Booker-winning author on what Russian short stories can teach us, late-life realisations and why he doesn’t like social media

Killian Fox

02, Jan, 2021 @6:00 PM

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'It had been on my shelf for years': readers share their lockdown reads
Publishers report that coronavirus has boosted sales of long, classic novels. You reveal the great baggy monsters you’ve found the time to tackle

Guardian readers and Rachel Obordo

06, Nov, 2020 @10:00 AM

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