The Cossacks and Other Early Stories, Paperback

The Cossacks and Other Early Stories Paperback

Part of the Wordsworth Classics series



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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, maps
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781840226911


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