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The Cossacks and other stories

by Leo Tolstoy

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Ivan Ilych has a good life or so it would seem, but when a small accident leaves him slowly dying he has time to reflect on the choices he made. He can't help but question himself. Can success in the material world really be called success? Tolstoy here asks us some big questions. ( )
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This edition collects The Cossacks, The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Happy Ever After. Do not combine with other collections entitled "The Cossacks and other stories" that contain different selections, eg the Penguin Classics ISBN 0140449590.
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Tolstoy?s powerful semiautobiographical stories based on his time spent in the Russian army?the 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 ?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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David McDuff's translation conveys the beauty and power of the original pieces, while the introduction reflects on Tolstoy's own war-time experiences. This edition also includes notes.

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