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The Cossacks And Hadji Murat
Author: Leo Tolstoy

ISBN: 9780241261897
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 26 May 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 11.1 x 5.8
'He said that Shamil had ordered Hadji Murat to be taken dead or alive....'

In 1851, at the age of twenty-two, Tolstoy joined the Russian army and travelled to the Caucasus as a soldier. The four years that followed were among the most significant in his life, and deeply influenced the stories collected here. Begun in 1852 but unfinished for a decade, The Cossacks describes the experiences of Olenin, a young cultured Russian who comes to despise civilization after spending time with the wild Cossack people.

Sevastopol Sketches, based on Tolstoy's own experiences of the siege of Sevastopol in 1854-55, is a compelling consideration of the nature of war, while Hadji Murat, written towards the end of his life, returns to the Caucasus of Tolstoy's youth to explore the life of a great leader torn apart by a conflict of loyalties. Written at the end of the nineteenth century, it is amongst the last and greatest of Tolstoy's shorter works.

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