Tolstoyana VI

En la introducción a la edición de Anna Karenina que he venido tratando, E.B. Greenwood sostiene, y con razón, que la narrativa de Tolstói parece avanzar “as plotlessly and accidentally as life itself”, e incluso cita a Henry James y al teórico estadounidense de origen ucraniano Philip Rahv, quienes dijeron, respectivamente, que las novelas de Tolstói son “loose baggy monsters” y que “in a sense there are no plots in Tolstoy”. Añade Greenwood que:

“In one way all these critics are right. We do indeed have a wonderful realism and lifelikeness, but this lifelikeness is produced by all the life of a classic art which conceals art. Tolstoy avoids both naturalistic objectivism and static aesthetic fine writing. Both of these tend to go with a purely spectatorial attitude to human affairs. Tolstoy encourages us to be suffering quasi-participants rather than distanced ironic observers.”

Eso es todo por lo que se refiere al ciclo “Tolstoyana”.

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