The Cossacks and Other Early Stories

The Cossacks and Other Early Stories

Paperback Wordsworth Classics

By (author) Leo Tolstoy, Introduction and notes by Anthony Briggs, Translated by Louise Maude, Translated by Louise Shanks Maude, Translated by Aylmer Maude, Series edited by Tom Griffith

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 22mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 7 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1840226919
  • ISBN 13: 9781840226911
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 129,618

Product description

Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace and Anna Karenina, the greatest novels ever written, did not emerge from a vacuum. They were preceded by at least twenty prose works of different kinds, some of them masterpieces in their own right. These stories may be viewed as a fascinating encounter with literary predecessors such as Rousseau and Pushkin, and they are never far removed from autobiography, but in them Tolstoy can be seen forging a strong, new cultural personality. Their virtues lie in local colour, brilliant characterization and dialogue, along with strong narrative interest linked to important ideas and meanings, most of which will re-emerge in the later works. This undervalued area of a great man's writing deserves closer attention, and will reward the reader with unforgettable individuals, issues and situations. In The Cossacks, for example, Tolstoy succeeds in combining a realistic description of the Caucasus with his hero's personal vision of the locality. Nor is this success the only one in this remarkable period. Reading these early stories gives a penetrating insight into the workshop of a towering literary genius.

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