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© Heirs of Vadim & Valentin Andreïev                                                 Leonid Andreyev, Vammasluu, 1912

"Την πολιτεία τη φοβάμαι, μ' αρέσουν η έρημη θάλασσα και το δάσος. Η ψυχή μου είναι τρυφερή και καλόβολη, και πάντα προσαρμόζεται στην εικόνα του μέρους όπου ζει, στη εικόνα των πραγμάτων που βλέπει και ακούει. Και πότε γίνεται μεγάλη, απέραντη και φωτεινή σαν τον νυχτερινό ουρανό πάνω από την έρημη θάλασσα, πότε σφίγγεται και γίνεται ένα κουβάρι, μεταλλάζει σε κύβο, απλώνεται σαν γκρίζος διάδρομος ανάμεσα σε τυφλούς πέτρινους τοίχους."

Leonid Andreyev, Η κατάρα του θεριού, 1907 μτφ: Σταυρούλα Αργυροπούλου

Leonid Andreyev, Sunset at Vammasluu - Finland                                            Leonid’s wife, Anna Andreyeva, Vammasluu
Leonid’s wife, Anna Andreyeva, Marseille, 1910                                                  Leonid’s wife, Anna Andreyeva, Rome1914
 Leonid and the Devils - Andreyev in front of copies he made of Goya sketches in his study at Vammasluu, 1910s

Leo Tolstoy said once: "Leonid Andreyev tries to frighten me, but I am not afraid."

 Anna Andreyeva                                                    Leonid Andreyev, The mysterious head, 1908-1914
Vadim Andreyev, 1909                                                              Daniil Andreyev, 1912
Leonid Andreyev, In bed, 1911  
Leonid Andreyev, 1908-1914                                                                     Savva Andreyev, 1908
Andreyev’s three sons, island of Koivisto, 1913                                                            Leonid Andreyev, 1908-1914
Savva Andreyev,1910-1912                                                              Children on the grass, 1907-1908  
Savva and Véra Andreyeva                                                                               Leonid Andreyev and his second wife, Anna, in the garden of his home in Finland

"I want to be the apostle of self destruction. I want my book to affect man's reason, his emotions, his nerves, his whole animal nature. I should like my book to make people turn pale with horror as they read it, to affect them like a drug, like a terrifying dream, to drive them mad, to make them curse and hate me but still to read me." 

Leonid Andreyev

Leonid Andreyev, 1910                                                 Leonid Andreyev, Vammasluu, 1910
Finland, 1908-1914
Leonid Andreyev, Filip Dobrov & Daniil Andreyev at Vammasluu, 1912                                                     Leonid Andreyev, Self-portrait, 1910

Leonid Andreyev, 1910  / A self-portait  taken in a mirrow, showing the camera he used for his  earliest stereoscopic photographs, 1903 

Leonid Nikolaievich Andreyev (1871-1919) was a Russian playwright, novelist and short-story writer. He is one of the most talented and prolific representatives of the Silver Age period in Russian history. He was born in the Oryol province of Russia, which is about 200 miles southwest of Moscow. In 1917 he moved to Finland, where he finished out his days mostly alone.

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