Google Doodle
By Laura Stampler
September 9, 2014

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 186th birthday of legendary Russian author Leo Tolstoy.

“Guest Doodler” Roman Muradov illustrated a click-through animation depicting the thousand-plus page masterpieces the author wrote by candlelight.

Featured work includes War and Peace:

Google Doodle

Anna Karenina:

Google Doodle

and The Death of Ivan Ilyich:

Google Doodle

“I hardly need to say that making a tribute to Leo Tolstoy was a daunting task,” Muradov writes in an explainer post for Google. “No set of images can sum up a body of work so astonishing in scope, complexity, and vigor–its memorable scenes come to life with seeming effortlessness, fully realized in the immortal lines and between them.”

Write to Laura Stampler at laura.stampler@time.com.

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