Tolstoy’s powerful semiautobiographical stories based on his time spent in the Russian army, part of our series of fresh new Tolstoy translations
In 1851, at the age of twenty-two, Tolstoy joined the Russian army. The four years he spent as a soldier were among the most significant in his life and inspired the tales collected here. In “The Cossacks,” Tolstoy tells the story of Olenin, a cultured Russian whose experiences among the Cossack warriors of Central Asia leave him searching for a more authentic life. “The Sevastopol Sketches” bring into stark relief the realities of military life during the Crimean War. And “Hadji Murat” paints a portrait of a great leader torn apart by divided loyalties. In writing about individuals and societies in conflict, Tolstoy has penned some of the most brilliant stories about the nature of war.
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Table Of Contents
The Cossacks and Other StoriesChronology Introduction A Note on the Texts Maps
The Cossacks Sevastopol Stories Sevastopol in December Sevastopol in May Sevastopol in August 1855 Hadji Murat
About Leo Tolstoy
Count Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) was born in central Russia. After serving in the Crimean War, he retired to his estate and devoted himself to writing, farming, and raising his large family. His novels and outspoken social polemics brought him world… More about Leo Tolstoy
Published by Penguin Classics Jan 19, 2007| 480 Pages| ISBN 9780140449594