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The Cossacks

Leo Tolstoy

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The Cossacks is an unfinished novel which describes the Cossack life and people through a story of Dmitri Olenin, a Russian aristocrat in love with a Cossack girl. This text was acclaimed by Ivan Bunin as one of the finest in the language.

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. . .I say, have you any chikhir? Let me have a drink, there's a good man. I'm really quite done up. When the time comes I'll bring you some fresh meat, I really will. Give me a drink!' he added.

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At first I was bored. Then I was willing to finish. Then I loved every character. Then I started to admire Tolstoy. When it ended I was astounded. The Cossacks was an honest account of a young man's life on the road, albeit a rich young man. You leave home thinking you're gonna show the world what i

For me as a programmer, going from reading most fiction to reading Tolstoy is like going from writing Java to writing Ruby. It just feels right, I feel more relaxed and at one with the world. I can't think of another author that apparently understands the thoughts and motivations of such a large swa

“A man is never such an egotist as at moments of spiritual ecstasy. At such times it seems to him that there is nothing on earth more splendid and interesting than himself.”
― Leo Tolstoy, The Cossacks

This is one Tolstoy that is easily overlooked, but shouldn't be missed. It combines Tolstoy's phil

Disenchanted with his privileged life in Russian society, nobleman Dmitri Olenin joins the army as a cadet, hoping to escape the superficiality of his daily life. In a quest to find "integrity," he naively finds serenity among the "simple" peoples of the Caucasus.
In an attempt to immerse himself in

“Los cosacos” es la cuarta novela que escribió Lev Tolstói a mitad de la veintena de años de su vida.
En ella nos narra la historia de Olenin, un muchacho de buena posición que parte de Moscú para vivir en una aldea cosaca y así descubrir nuevas cosas de la vida.
La novela está basada en su propia vid

- الرواية سلسة، سهلة، تطغى عليها الإنطباعية والوصف الدقيق لطبيعة القوقاز وطبائع شعبه.

- تأخذك الرواية، بشخص بطلها اولنين، من "زواريب" المدينة الضيقة بعلاقاتها العفنة الى رحاب الطبيعة الواسعة وعلاقاتها الفطرية البريئة والساذجة، من الإختناق الى التنفس ومن التعقيد الى البساطة.

- تولستوي يوضح الفروقات في

“إن الإنسان لا يكون أنانيًا في أي وقت كأنانيته في لحظات الحماسة. فهو يتصور في تلك اللحظات أن لا شيء أجمل ولا أشد إثارةً للاهتمام من شخصه!”

“إن خيال المسافر يبقى مرتبطًا في العادة بالأماكن التي غادرها”.

“ما أكثر ما في الإنسان من دناءات إذا نحن أنعمنا النظر وأحسنّا التفكير فيها!”.

ليو تولستوي.

Appunti Giugno 2015

Emozionante nella sua semplicità, la scrittura di Tolstoj è luminescente, è elettrizzante, elettrificante… è un materiale altamente conduttore.

La narrazione si struttura in brevi capitoli, con brevi dialoghi e brevi descrizioni che si alternano in modo uniforme, il ritmo è co

كم أحب تولستوي ...

" تصلني من روسيا رسائل تعبرعن الشفقة علي والرثاء لحالي ، انهم يخافون علي أن أفنى مدفونا في هذا الركن النائي من الأرض يقولون عني أنه سوف يختبل ويبتله ويفقد الاهتمام بكل شيء "

" لابد للمرء أن يكون قد عرف بالمعاناة مرة واحدة على الأقل ماهي الحياة في كل جمالها الطبيعي يجب أن يكون قد را

Three stars! I liked some aspects of the novel, particularly one character - Eroshka! He is certainly NOT the central character, but for me he is the essence of the whole story. He is the only one that understands how to live life. Nobody else gets it.

It is a bit slow and the focus on a love affair

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