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THE COSSACKS

by LEO TOLSTOY

  • Category Classics
  • Format Paperback
  • Imprint Rupa
  • Price 95
  1. ISBN: 9.79E+12
  2. Pages: 220 pages
  3. Date: 2003

ABOUT THIS BOOK

The Cossacks (Kazaki, 1863) is a novel by Count Leo Tolstoy. The central character, Olenin, tired of life in civilized society, attempts to find happiness in the wild, free-living Cossacks of the Caucasus. The portraits of the old Cossack, Eroshka and the native girl, Maryana are especially successful. Critics generally cite this short work as the finest book written by Tolstoy before War and Peace

AUTHOR OF THE BOOK

Leo Tolstoy was born in Tula in 1828. He was educated privately and then went on to study law and Oriental languages at Moscow. After War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina, Tolstoy abandoned his beliefs and way of living for the simplicity of peasant life, and described the changeover in Confession, published in 1882. Several other books followed including The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Resurrection. Because of his new beliefs, family life became unbearable. He died in November 1910.