The Cossacks and Other Stories

Stories of Sevastopol; The Cossacks; Hadji Murat

» Leo Tolstoy

Translator - David McDuff

Notes by - David McDuff

Translator - Paul Foote

Introduction by - Paul Foote

Notes by - Paul Foote

Penguin Classics
Paperback : 28 Sep 2006

£10.99

Synopsis

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.

Table of contents

The Cossacks and Other Stories Chronology
Introduction
A Note on the Texts
Maps

The Cossacks
Sevastopol Stories

Sevastopol in December
Sevastopol in May
Sevastopol in August 1855
Hadji Murat

Notes
Glossary

Product details

Format : Paperback
ISBN: 9780140449594
Size : 129 x 198mm
Pages : 480
Published : 28 Sep 2006
Publisher : Penguin Classics

The Cossacks and Other Stories

Stories of Sevastopol; The Cossacks; Hadji Murat

» Leo Tolstoy

Translator - David McDuff

Notes by - David McDuff

Translator - Paul Foote

Introduction by - Paul Foote

Notes by - Paul Foote

£10.99

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