Lav Tolstoj i vožnja bicikla

Na internet sajtu magazina The New York Times nedavno je objavljena lista umetnika koji su u kasnom dobu započeli sa određenom aktivnošću. Među njima našao se i ruski pisac Lav Tolstoj koji je sa šezdeset i sedam godina naučio da vozi bicikl. Vožnja bicikla je, pored jahanja i tenisa, bila deo njegove jutarnje rutine. Evo odlomka o tome:

The author of War and Peace took his first bicycling lesson at age 67, only a month after the death of his 7-year-old son, Vanichka. He was still grieving, and the Moscow Society of Velocipede-Lovers provided him a free bike and instruction along the garden paths on his estate. He became a devotee, taking rides after his morning chores. Count Leo Tolstoy . . . now rides the wheel, declared Scientific American in 1896, much to the astonishment of the peasants on his estate. A close friend noted: ‘Tolstoy has learned to ride a bicycle. Is this not inconsistent with Christian ideals?

Fotografija: Lav Tolstoj, 1895.