NEW BOOK March 2008
Leo Tolstoy and Russian peasant sectarian writers:
selected correspondence

Edited by Dr Andrew Donskov (photo) and translated by John Woodsworth. Published March 2008 by the Slavic Research Group, University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr Donskov, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, is one of the world's leading experts on Leo Tolstoy.

"In 1992 he became the only scholar from outside of Russia to be appointed by the Russian Academy of Sciences and its editorial board as a participant in its new 100- volume edition of Tolstoy’s works. In 2002, he was elected Full Member of the Petrovskaja Academy of Arts and Sciences." (Placing Slavic studies in the limelight, Gazette, University of Ottawa. January 26, 2004, page 2.)

This 298-page book presents selected letters between Tolstoy and four peasant writers: the Molokan philosopher Fedor Zheltov, the Doukhobor leader Peter Vasil'evich Verigin, the Sabbatarian [Subbotnik] Timofej Bondarev and Mikhail Novikov.

Michail Petrovich Novikov, a peasant of Tula Province, near Tolstoy's home, Yasnaya Polyana, served a year as an army scribe then became friends with with Tolstoy for which he was persecutioned and described in his letters.

While the letters themselves have appeared previously in scattered publications (some in Russian only, or his Journal), this new anthology helps show them in their mutual context. New annotations have been added, as well as new introductory material: a general essay followed by an extensive specific introduction to each of the four correspondents, along with a chapter each on the background of the Molokane and the Doukhobors. The book is entirely in English. I would think it would be of significant interest to all the Molokane in America.

At the moment we would like to know whether you (or your organisation collectively) would like to pre-order of a number of copies. The book is to retail for $20. (US$ outside Canada, CAN$ within Canada. Free shipping.)

All individual book orders ($20 each) should be directed to:
Penumbra Press:
P.O. Box 940
Manotick, Ontario
Canada  K4M 1A8
Telephone: 613-692-5590 — Fax: 613-692-5589

For a limited time, we are prepared to offer it to you at a wholesale discount:
$12 each for 25-49 copies,
$10 each for 50 copies or more..
(US$ outside Canada, CAN$ within Canada. Free shipping.)
Bulk orders ($10 or $12 each) only from: Slavic Research Group, e-mail: The bulk-order discount is available from us to the end of April 2008, but then we shall be turning over the stock to our distributor, Penumbra Press (address above), which handles all our retail orders.

Please let us know by the end of March, and if you decide favourably, the number of copies you wish to order.

For more information you can contact the translator:
(Mr) John Woodsworth
Certified Translator (Russian-English)
Research Associate
Slavic Research Group at the University of Ottawa
Tel. 1 (613) 824-9148
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Citation: Leo Tolstoy and Russian peasant sectarian writers, edited by Andrew Donskov, F.R.S.C. Ottawa: Slavic Research Group at the University of Ottawa, released March 2008.  ISBN 978-0-88927-334-4.  x + 298 pp.

This new book combines material in English from these previous books and others:

MOLOKANS L.N. Tolstoj i F.A. Zheltov: Perepiska [Leo Tolstoy and Fedor Zheltov: Correspondence] (with an editorial essay). Ottawa: Slavic Research Group at the University of Ottawa and Moscow: State L.N. Tolstoy Museum, 1999. x+155 pp.; also American edition — in an English translation by John Woodsworth, edited by Ethel Dunn: A Molokan's search for truth: the correspondence of Leo Tolstoy and Fedor Zheltov. Berkeley, Calif. USA: Highgate Road Social Science Research Station, 2001. xvi+155 pp. [Also see: Tolstoy helps Molokans from Samara, 1897]

DOUKHOBORS L.N. Tolstoj i P.V. Verigin: Perepiska. St-Petersburg: Russian Academy of Sciences / Dmitrij Bulanin, 1995. 105 pp.; also Canadian edition: Leo Tolstoy and Peter Verigin: Correspondence, including an editor's preface and an English translation by John Woodsworth. Ottawa: Legas, 1995. ix+202 pp.

SUBBOTNIKI L.N. Tolstoy i T.M. Bondarev: Perepiska [Leo Tolstoy and Timofej Bondarev: Correspondence]. München: Verlag Otto Sagner, 1996. 142 pp. [More about Bondarev and Tolstoy.]

OTHER  L.N. Tolstoy i M.P. Novikov: Perepiska [Leo Tolstoy and Mikhail Novikov: Correspondence]. München: Verlag Otto Sagner, 1996. 120 pp.

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