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A Tribute to The Russian Realist Author and Leading Figure of World Literature

Issued every year since 1992 in a strictly limited edition, the Montblanc Writers Edition pays tribute to the greatest icons of literary history. Leo Tolstoy, the Russian master of realist fiction and author of epic works such as “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina”, is the latest figure of world literature to be honored with a limited edition inspired by his life and cultural legacy. 

In addition to penning some of the world’s most important novels, Count Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910) spent much of his life striving for moral perfection and searching for the true meaning of life.  It was Leo Tolstoy’s accurate depiction of human sensibilities and his vivid expressiveness that led to his meteoric rise to fame, becoming the most prominent figure in Russian realist storytelling. Over time, the great author increasingly developed into a Christian thinker and engaged in a non-violent struggle against the capitalization of society, the inequality of serfdom and the dominance of church and state, leading to his religious and socio-critical writings being subjected to tsarist censorship. 

In addition to his literary legacy, Tolstoy promoted the idea of education for all by establishing numerous schools to improve the education of the rural population, and published a monthly journal in which he disseminated his ideas about free education.

A Life of Simplicity 

Yasnaya Polyana, the family home where Tolstoy was born and where he resided with his wife and children is the inspiration for the Limited Edition Leo Tolstoy.  In this idyllic rural setting, Tolstoy adhered to his teachings of finding happiness in the simple life led by peasants, a theme reflected in the simplicity of the overall shape and design of the writing instrument. The characteristic pillars at the entrance of the Yasnaya Polyana estate are echoed in the shape of the top of the cap, which is crowned with the Montblanc emblem in black and white resin. Tolstoy’s philosophy of working the land with his own hands is symbolized in the elaborately handcrafted, hammered and silver plated case of the barrel. 

The dark grey precious resin cap, blue marbled resin cone and platinum plated fittings mirror the colours found on the covers of his first major works as well as the colours of the modest study in which he wrote his most important works. The ornament on the cap ring is inspired by a traditional woven Russian pattern that would have adorned the modest peasant smocks Tolstoy made for himself. The great author’s signature is engraved on the cap while the family’s aristocratic coat-of-arms is featuring the rhodium-plated 750 solid gold nib of the fountain pen, a subtle design detail that highlights his provenance and the value he placed on family.

The fountain pen version of this edition is limited to 9,000 pieces, and the ballpoint pen to 12,000. The rollerball is limited to 7,000 pieces and the set with fountain pen, ballpoint pen/rollerball and mechanical pencil is limited to 1,600 pieces.

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A Tribute to The Russian Realist Author and Leading Figure of World Literature

Issued every year since 1992 in a strictly limited edition, the Montblanc Writers Edition pays tribute to the greatest icons of literary history. Leo Tolstoy, the Russian master of realist fiction and author of epic works such as “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina”, is the latest figure of world literature to be honored with a limited edition inspired by his life and cultural legacy. 

In addition to penning some of the world’s most important novels, Count Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910) spent much of his life striving for moral perfection and searching for the true meaning of life.  It was Leo Tolstoy’s accurate depiction of human sensibilities and his vivid expressiveness that led to his meteoric rise to fame, becoming the most prominent figure in Russian realist storytelling. Over time, the great author increasingly developed into a Christian thinker and engaged in a non-violent struggle against the capitalization of society, the inequality of serfdom and the dominance of church and state, leading to his religious and socio-critical writings being subjected to tsarist censorship. 

In addition to his literary legacy, Tolstoy promoted the idea of education for all by establishing numerous schools to improve the education of the rural population, and published a monthly journal in which he disseminated his ideas about free education.

A Life of Simplicity 

Yasnaya Polyana, the family home where Tolstoy was born and where he resided with his wife and children is the inspiration for the Limited Edition Leo Tolstoy.  In this idyllic rural setting, Tolstoy adhered to his teachings of finding happiness in the simple life led by peasants, a theme reflected in the simplicity of the overall shape and design of the writing instrument. The characteristic pillars at the entrance of the Yasnaya Polyana estate are echoed in the shape of the top of the cap, which is crowned with the Montblanc emblem in black and white resin. Tolstoy’s philosophy of working the land with his own hands is symbolized in the elaborately handcrafted, hammered and silver plated case of the barrel. 

The dark grey precious resin cap, blue marbled resin cone and platinum plated fittings mirror the colours found on the covers of his first major works as well as the colours of the modest study in which he wrote his most important works. The ornament on the cap ring is inspired by a traditional woven Russian pattern that would have adorned the modest peasant smocks Tolstoy made for himself. The great author’s signature is engraved on the cap while the family’s aristocratic coat-of-arms is featuring the rhodium-plated 750 solid gold nib of the fountain pen, a subtle design detail that highlights his provenance and the value he placed on family.

The fountain pen version of this edition is limited to 9,000 pieces, and the ballpoint pen to 12,000. The rollerball is limited to 7,000 pieces and the set with fountain pen, ballpoint pen/rollerball and mechanical pencil is limited to 1,600 pieces.

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