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In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from hundreds of letters, diary entries and original sources, prize-winning author JONATHAN KIS-LEV tells the fascinating, untold story of the mentorship between Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi.
This unlikely friendship between the 40-year-old Indian lawyer and the 80-year-old Russian writer led to the end of British India and set the stage for the American Civil Rights Movement and Mandela’s end of South African Apartheid. It all began with one shy lawyer, Mahatma Gandhi, who dared writing to his long-time guru, Leo Tolstoy. Why Tolstoy chose to respond to the yet-to-be-known lawyer, and how their friendship developed is unveiled in this riveting historical novel.
Seven years in the writing, Dear Tolstoy Yours Gandhi is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose understanding of human psychology never fails to thrill” (The Reviewer).
“A triumphant, controversial, and fascinating plunge into a mentor-mentee relationship . . . Irresistible.”—THE REVIEWER
“Gorgeous . . . Moves with the pace of a thriller.”—THIS WEEK
BOOK EXCERPT(printed with permission):
During the following hour Tatiana went through all of the important letters. Finally, there was one more.
“This is,” she took the letter and looked at her father, “from one Hindu—"
Tolstoy’s eyes lit up, “Mr. Tarak? The editor of the ‘Free Hindustan’? Finally, I’ve been waiting—”
“No, Papa, someone else, one”—she looked at the letter—"one called Gandhi.”
“I never heard of him.”
“Well he asks for permission to reprint what you have sent to Mr. Tarak. Can I send him an approval?”
Tolstoy mumbled, “Who is he? How many copies does he want printed?”
“He is a Hindu, from”—she glanced at the letter—"South Africa. He wants to produce twenty thousand copies. Papa, can I send him approval—"
“Twenty thousand copies?” Tolstoy’s eyes grew larger, “That is excellent! What else does he write?”
Tatiana sighed. “Papa, I’m tired.”
“I am tired too, Tanya, but this is important! What does he write?”
I take the liberty of inviting your attention to what has been going on in South Africa for nearly three years.
There is in that colony a British Indian population of nearly 13,000. These Indians have for several years labored under the various legal disabilities. The prejudice against color and in some respect against Asiatics is intense in that colony. It is largely due, so far as Asiatics are concerned, to trade jealousy.”
“Mmmm….” Tolstoy hummed, “interesting. Go on.”
Tatiana kept reading,
“The climax was reached three years ago, with a law which I and many others considered to be degrading and calculated to unman those to whom it was applicable.”
“Law,” Tolstoy muttered, “probably some discrimination disguised as ‘law’….”
Tatiana nodded and kept reading,
“I felt that submission to law of this nature was inconsistent with the spirit of true religion. I and some of my friends were and still are firm believers in the doctrine of non-resistance to evil.”
Tolstoy leaned forward, “Non-resistance to evil? This is how he writes it?”
A small smirk appeared on her father’s face. “Who is this Gandhi?”
END OF EXCERPT
“A compelling, page-turning narrative . . . Re-examines history from a fresh, psychological point of view.” —THE SENDER REPORT
“Painstakingly researched, beautifully hewn, compulsively readable . . . Not to be missed.” —DER TAG
INCLUDING: INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION IDEAS AND MORE INSIDE!