Three letters whose 90-year journey could be the stuff of an epic novel, have made their way to a museum dedicated to the man who wrote them: Russian author Leo Tolstoy.

The letters were written between 1906 and 1909 to Vladimir Sheerman, a young Ukrainian admirer of Tolstoy, and were carried by his descendants as they were tossed by the political currents of the century.Vladimir's granddaughter Maria, 75, spoke Friday at a ceremony to turn over the letters to the Leo Tolstoy State Museum, the Moscow Times reported Saturday.

"For all this time and through all these troubles and misfortunes, members of my family carried these papers. For a time I couldn't understand why they bothered," she said.

The family was persecuted in the Soviet Union, emigrated to Nazi Germany during World War II and settled in Argentina after the war.