PRINT May 1980

In Search of Religion

The dead man lay, as dead men always lie, quite heavily, in corpselike fashion sinking his stiff limbs into the cushions of the coffin, with his eternally bent head on the pillow; he thrust forward, as dead men always do, his yellow, waxen forehead with bald patches on the sunken temples and a protruding nose which seemed to be pressing against the upper lip . . . his face was more handsome and, above all, more significant than it had been in life . . ."

Lev Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich

“Lev Tolstoy is the mirror of the Russian Revolution.”

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Lev Tolstoy as the Mirror of the Russian Revolution

Chapter I

TWICE A YEAR, ONCE IN spring before the planting of the seed and in autumn when the fields have been harvested, the elders appear before the people. Those who gather on the Main Square before the walls of the fortress may witness the elders’ ascent, as if from

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