Andrei Zorin's account of War and Peace as Tolstoy's "total explanation of the current state of Russia" is now freely available on our website. This is just one horse in a Tolstoyan troika, however, passing splendidly through the village at pace: anyone who is curious, or even passionate, about Tolstoy will find more to enjoy in this week's TLS, as a glance at the issue's contents page will reveal.
That glance won't reveal the unsung feats of our pictures editor Martin Smith in bringing together, as illustrations for the same issue, a kind of miniature picture gallery inspired by the Russian master, including art by the Russian master himself: his doodles in a manuscript of Anna Karenina. . . .