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Hadji Murad (Barnes  free pdf With the resumption of Russia's military action in Chechnya in the 1990s, "Hadji Murad" gains new relevance, and anyone following global terrorism today will find Tolstoy's description of the nineteenth-century war all too familiar. The work provides a wealth of information about the Caucasus and on one of the most colorful figures of the nineteenth-century Russo-Caucasian war, the Avar chieftan, Hadji Maurad. Changing allegiances, inter-ethnic tensions, raids on villages, inaccurately reported war casualties, grieving mothers, and even the gruesome beheadings described so vividly in "Hadji Murad" still occur. Rarely are they described in prose as powerful as Tolstoy's.

About Count Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy

Count Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828 on the family estate of Yasnaya Polyana, in the Tula province, where he spent most of his early years, together with his several brothers. In 1844 he entered the University of Kazan to read Oriental Languages and later Law, but left before completing a degree. He spent the following years in a round of drinking, gambling and womanizing, until weary of his idle existence he joined an artillery regiment in the Caucasus in 1851.He took part in the Crimean war and after the defence of Sevastopol wrote "The Sevastopol Sketches" (1855-6), which established his literary reputation. After leaving the army in 1856 Tolstoy spent some time mixing with the literati in St Petersburg before traveling abroad and then settling at Yasnaya Polyana, where he involved himself in the running of peasant schools and the emancipation of the serfs. His marriage to Sofya Andreyevna Behrs in 1862 marked the beginning of a period of contentment centred around family life- they had thirteen children. Tolstoy managed his vast estates, continued his educational projects, cared for his peasants and wrote both his great novels, "War and Peace" (1869) and "Anna Karenina" (1877).During the 1870s he underwent a spiritual crisis, the moral and religious ideas that had always dogged him coming to the fore. "A Confession" (1879 82) marked an outward change in his life and works- he became an extreme rationalist and moralist, and in a series of pamphlets written after 1880 he rejected church and state, indicted the demands of flesh, and denounced private property. His teachings earned him numerous followers in Russia and abroad, and also led finally to his excommunication by the Russian Holy Synod in 1901. In 1910 at the age of eighty-two he fled from home "leaving this worldly life in order to live out my last days in peace and solitude-" he died some days later at the station master's house at Astapovo."Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books LTD."

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Author : Count Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy
Publisher : Barnes
Data Published : 01 September 2009
ISBN : 1411429516
EAN : 9781411429512
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 176 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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