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The Sebastopol Sketches (1855)

by Leo Tolstoy

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I decided to read this book to see if it shone any light on the present tensions in the Crimean region, which I don't think it did, other than to highlight that Russia has been a presence there for a long time. What it did do is confirm me in my opinion that war is, generally, a bad thing.

Tolstoy doesn't glamorise his characters nor the conditions in which they are fighting. This isn't a "gung-ho" piece of nationalist propaganda despite having been written and published during the conflict and under the eye of the Czarist censors. Tolstoy draws his sketches well, the soldiers and their motivations seem true-to-life. ( )
  Michael.Rimmer | Mar 26, 2014 |
Wikipedia: Sevastopol Sketches (Russian: Севастопольские рассказы, "Sevastopolskiye rasskazy") are three short stories written by Leo Tolstoy to record his experiences during the Siege of Sevastopol (1854). They are:
Sebastopol in December
Sebastopol in May
Sebastopol in August 1855
The name originates from Sevastopol, a city in Crimea.
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In the winter of 1854 Tolstoy, then an officer in the Russian army, arranged to be transferred to the besieged town of Sebastopol. Wishing to see at first hand the action of what would become known as the Crimean War, he was spurred on by a fierce patriotism, but also by an equally fierce desire to alert the authorities to appalling conditions in the army. The three "Sebastopol Sketches" - December', May' and August' - re-create what happened during different phases of the siege and its effect on the ordinary men around him. Writing with the truth as his utmost aim, he brought home to Russia's entire literate public the atrocities of war. In doing so, he realized his own vocation as a writer and established his literary reputation.

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