The Cossacks and Other Stories

Leo Tolstoy

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The Cossacks and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy..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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