Yes, this post is indeed in line with being a scripture scout. What I’m going to do is to go out on a limb here and propose that, if you haven't already, you give another Russian author a try: Leo Tolstoy. Yeah, the War and Peace guy. No really, hang on! Mr. Tolstoy thought, according to his own words, that if he could somehow orchestrate his stories correctly, the modern man (in his time) would be touched and challenged and maybe, with “luck," somewhat changed. Tolstoy experienced much loss at a tender age, was a farmer, fought in the Crimean war, and at one point, kind of a rich guy who didn't often handle his money very well. In his later years, his views on peaceful conflict had a significant influence on Mahatma Gandhi! He passed from heart failure only four years before my paternal grandmother was born.