Report and video presentation of A. A. Kara-Murza at the State Museum of L. N. Tolstoy
On March 15, 2017, chief research fellow of the International Laboratory for the Study of Russian and European Intellectual Dialogue, Professor A. A. Kara-Murza made the presentation "The First Foreign Trip of Leo Tolstoy (France-Switzerland, 1857)" at the State Museum of L. N. Tolstoy.
The report was made within the framework of the scholarly seminar "Philosophy in Literature. Literature in Philosophy. The Way Paved by Leo Tolstoy", jointly held by the State Museum of L. N. Tolstoy and the Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences (supervisor of the project - N. N. Kasavina).
For the first time A. A. Kara-Murza presented new facts related to the circumstances of L. N. Tolstoy’s stay in Paris, his communication with I. S. Turgenev, their joint five-day trip to the capital of Burgundy - Dijon. In the author’s opinion, the first trip to France proved crucial for artistic self-determination of Tolstoy. It influenced, in particular, his philosophical arguments about the role of personality in history, which made up the ideological basis of the novel "War and Peace".
At the seminar Professor A. A. Kara-Murza was awarded the jubilee medal of Leo Tolstoy.