Reviews are popping up all over for yet another Oscar-buzzed book based on a movie, The Last Station, from the novel by Jay Parini, about Tolstoy’s final year. It opens today in a limited number of theaters for one-week run (probably so it can qualify Oscar consideration), prior to its regular release in mid-January.

The NYT accuses the movie’s amazing cast (Christopher Plummer as Leo Tolstoy, Helen Mirren as his wife, Sofya Tolstoy, and Paul Giamatti as one of Tolstoy’s disciples) of overacting, but the  L.A. Times enjoys what they term, their “larger-than-life performances.”

Judge for yourself from the trailer below, or view it in a larger format on the movie’s Official Web site.


The Last Station (Movie Tie-in Edition): A Novel of Tolstoy’s Final Year
Jay Parini
Retail Price: $15.00
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor – (2010-01-12)
ISBN / EAN: 0307739643 / 9780307739643

Newmarket Press will also release the shooting script.

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