June 17, 2015 | 1

For the most part, Tolstoy is known as a realist, despite his work’s occasional dips into fancy. Yet the plotlines of his great novels featured long and important dream sequences. In The New York Review of Books, Janet Malcolm argued that Tolstoy was a master of dreams, using Anna Karenina as proof.

is a staff writer for The Millions. He lives in New York.

One comment:

  1. The concept of “dreaming” was invented by postmodern experimental novelists. Dreams and dreaming, as is well known, are not real. No one actually dreams in real life.

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