The Cossacks

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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.

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‘He said that Shamil had ordered Hadji Murat to be taken dead or alive….’

Two masterly Russian tales of freedom, fighting and great warriors in the majestic mountains of the Caucasus, inspired by Tolstoy’s years as a soldier living amid the Cossack people.

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Weight 239 g
Dimensions 18.1 × 11.1 × 2.3 cm
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Publisher

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Cover

Paperback

Pages

399

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

891.733 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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