The Cossacks and Other Stories : Stories of Sevastopol, the Cossacks, Hadji Murat, Paperback

The Cossacks and Other Stories : Stories of Sevastopol, the Cossacks, Hadji Murat Paperback

Edited by David McDuff

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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.

Written at the end of the nineteenth century, it is amongst the last and greatest of Tolstoy's shorter works.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780140449594



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Another wonderful Russian novel underscoring that the true path to happiness and beauty are through a close connection to nature. Olenin, our hero, goes through the rite of passage of becoming a Cossack, living in the rural Caucasus mountains, and finding the true nature of life and love. Ahhhhhhh................

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