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- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
- Format: Paperback | 145 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 211mm x 15mm | 136g
- Publication date: 18 November 2009
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 048647366X
- ISBN 13: 9780486473666
- Sales rank: 269,057
Tolstoy's novella blends fiction and historical fact to portray a legendary Avar chieftain who switched sides in the nineteenth-century Russo-Caucasian war. Inspired by the author's military service, "Hadji Murad" offers riveting views of warfare and treason, murder and vengeance, and behind-the-scenes political plotting. An uncharacteristically brief story by the creator of "War and Peace, " it voices Tolstoy's pacifist beliefs. This novella also provides a compelling depiction of the Caucasus, a mountainous territory between the Black Sea and the Caspian, prized for its strategic location and natural resources. Located at the crossroads of three empires--Turkey, Persia, and Russia--the region has long struggled with incursions by its neighbors and remains a troubled corner of the world to this day. Tolstoy's realistic pictures of life in a war zone raise enduringly relevant issues of life and death.
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