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The Cossacks

Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy's first novel and acknowledged as one of his best. The Cossacks is based on Tolstoy's own forays into the Caucasus, abandoning his aristocrat life of gambling and carousing in Moscow and volunteering to be attached to the regular army. Leo Tolstoy's firsthand insight to the magnificent landscape and the colorful Cossack way of life is lushly descriptive, in a text translated from his manuscript by close friends. Olenin is an aimless young nobleman who is disenchanted with city life. Taking a post as a Cadet in the army, he finds himself assigned to the remote Cossack outpost in the Caucasus. It is here, among the Tatars, the Chechens, and the Old Believers, that he will fall in love with a beautiful Cossack girl. The only problem is that she is promised to a Cossack warrior. In the setting of what is present-day Kazakhstan, Tolstoy examines two psychological problems. The first is the dilemma of a young man who desires both fulfilling love and a place as a respected member of society. The other is the difficulty of a primitive society to accept domination by a higher culture that has no understanding of the traditions it asks its colonists to cast aside.

Tolstoy's first novel and acknowledged as one of his best. The Cossacks is based on Tolstoy's own forays into the Caucasus, abandoning his aristocrat life of gambling and carousing in Moscow and volunteering to be attached to the regular army. Leo Tolstoy's firsthand insight to the magnificent landscape and the colorful Cossack way of life is lushly descriptive, in a text translated from his manuscript by close friends. Olenin is an aimless young nobleman who is disenchanted with city life. Taking a post as a Cadet in the army, he finds himself assigned to the remote Cossack outpost in the Caucasus. It is here, among the Tatars, the Chechens, and the Old Believers, that he will fall in love with a beautiful Cossack girl. The only problem is that she is promised to a Cossack warrior. In the setting of what is present-day Kazakhstan, Tolstoy examines two psychological problems. The first is the dilemma of a young man who desires both fulfilling love and a place as a respected member of society. The other is the difficulty of a primitive society to accept domination by a higher culture that has no understanding of the traditions it asks its colonists to cast aside.
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Genres:

Classics

Description:

Tolstoy's first novel and acknowledged as one of his best. The Cossacks is based on Tolstoy's own forays into the Caucasus, abandoning his aristocrat life of gambling and carousing in Moscow and volunteering to be attached to the regular army. Leo Tolstoy's firsthand insight to the magnificent landscape and the colorful Cossack way of life is lushly descriptive, in a text translated from his manuscript by close friends. Olenin is an aimless young nobleman who is disenchanted with city life. Taking a post as a Cadet in the army, he finds himself assigned to the remote Cossack outpost in the Caucasus. It is here, among the Tatars, the Chechens, and the Old Believers, that he will fall in love with a beautiful Cossack girl. The only problem is that she is promised to a Cossack warrior. In the setting of what is present-day Kazakhstan, Tolstoy examines two psychological problems. The first is the dilemma of a young man who desires both fulfilling love and a place as a respected member of society. The other is the difficulty of a primitive society to accept domination by a higher culture that has no understanding of the traditions it asks its colonists to cast aside.

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Thorn

Length:

8h 12m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

13:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

20:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:49


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:27


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

17:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:38


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:49


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:50


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:41


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:46


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

19:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:34


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:49


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:25


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

15:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:24


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

10:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:19


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:39


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

12:30


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:43


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

10:44


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

10:17


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

13:58