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Studi Slavistici. 2014;10(1) DOI 10.13128/Studi_Slavis-14135


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Journal Title: Studi Slavistici

ISSN: 1824-761X (Print); 1824-7601 (Online)

Publisher: Firenze University Press

Society/Institution: Italian Association of Slavists (A.I.S.)

LCC Subject Category: History (General) and history of Europe: History of Eastern Europe | Language and Literature: Slavic languages. Baltic languages. Albanian languages

Country of publisher: Italy

Language of fulltext: English

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Maria Zalambani


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Time From Submission to Publication: 20 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

In our study we try to show how Tolstoj’s short novel Family Happiness is not only a reflection of the author’s individual search for an answer to the question: ‘what really is family happiness?’ (a problem which persecuted Tolstoj throughout all his life), but also a mirror of the philosophical reflections and social changes which took place in Russian society in the first half of the 19th century and were prelude to the Great Reforms of the Sixties. In this way we can see how, thanks to the continuous interchange between literature and society, reality influences fiction which, in its turn, acts on mentalities, thus producing “effects of reality”.