Well, it's time to find a Russian tutor! I got an email from Yasnaya Polyana yesterday. We are invited to visit in late August for 4 days during an international conference. Mr. Tolstoy will be there so it will be a good time to connect with him. October is also an option, but he travels a lot so it might be difficult to find another for-sure slot. So we are all scurrying around, trying to put together time and money to take a 10 day trip. My husband Mark calls Yasnaya Polyana "ground zero" because Leo himself was born there, wrote all his masterpieces and is buried there as well. So it will be quite a pilgrimage.
The other big news is that Otto is now in the US for a few weeks of vacation. He will spend next Friday with us in the studio. This is so exciting as until now, he has worked by himself in Berlin. It will be interesting to see what happens when 2 streams of water merge.
I have no idea what is written on this page in large letters. Christiane sent us a package of materials some months ago, and it's from that. It's always a risk to use foreign language if you don't know what it means -- it could be offensive! or political! or advertising tooth paste for all I know. So, time to find a tutor, indeed. -- Lola
from page 69-70, Volume 2 original text
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 654-656