Link to an article by Tariq Ali:
Link to an article by V.I. Lenin:
It seems like one thing Lenin fails to mention about Leo Tolstoy is his remarkable ability to craft psychologically consistent characters. There are few writers capable of such deeply realistic characters as Tolstoy. And yet, Lenin’s point is essentially that the steadfast commitment to realism is what dooms Tolstoy in a political sense, in that his failure to step outside descriptive portrayals through realism means that he never really explores potentialities and never really challenges the status quo.