Tolstoyas powerful semiautobiographical stories based on his time spent in the Russian armyathe latest in 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 aThe Cossacks, a 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. aThe Sevastopol Sketchesa bring into stark relief the realities of military life during the Crimean War. And aHadji Murata 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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