Art of stealing, or the secret life of Leo Tolstoy

I was thrilled to discover that Leo Tolstoy, when not writing “Anna Karenina” or “War and Peace” had been doing commercial jobs in disguise. It turns out he was posing as a British tea-planter, fiercely exploiting poor Sri Lankans, while hypocritically professing love for the Russian peasant. I do admire his commercial shrewdness but how can I ever trust his wisdom again?!

Leo Tolstoy

No, thank you, I don’t need an ambulance and professional attention. It is not a severe case of hallucinative delusion.  It is not even a mild case, and I won’t do something stupid, like burning my collection of Tolstoy’s books at the Red Square.

Well, see for yourself. Here, at St Clairs Tea web-site. I saved a copy, just in case it was not Leo Tolstoy stealing someone’s identity, but the Sri Lankan company pinching an image. I don’t think I’d trust the quality of their tea, though, ever again. No Tolstoy and no St.Clairs tea for me now. How sad.

Leo? No, James!
Website of the tea producer

I suffer my loss of trust in Tolstoy, caused by St.Clair’s. I think I need to start talking to lawers, for the suffering this brand caused me can only be redeemed by a 60% share in their business. And then I will change Tolstoy for Dostoevsky. Yes!


  1. Problem solved Tolstoy is obviously Irish and nothing wrong with that. Some of the worlds greatest storytellers are and have been Irish. And I wouldn’t call it lying more like creative manipulation of the truth which I think is what we call fiction writing. I think it’s a case of asking not for a tea sample but a DNA sample. The plot thickens.

    1. Интересно, как простая кража портрета кисти крамского может вырасти до размеров интересной истории! )

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