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The Cossacks

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Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - All is quiet in Moscow. The squeak of wheels is seldom heard in the snow-covered street. There are no lights left in the windows and the street lamps have been extinguished. Only the sound of bells, borne over the city from the church towers, suggests the approach of morning. The streets are deserted. At rare intervals a night-cabman's sledge kneads up the snow and sand in the street as the driver makes his way to another corner where he falls asleep while waiting for a fare. An old woman passes by on her way to church, where a few wax candles burn with a red light reflected on the gilt mountings of the icons. Workmen are already getting up after the long winter night and going to their work - but for the gentlefolk it is still evening. From a window in Chevalier's Restaurant a light - illegal at that hour - is still to be seen through a chink in the shutter. At the entrance a carriage, a sledge, and a cabman's sledge, stand close together with their backs to the curbstone. A three-horse sledge from the post-station is there also. A yard-porter muffled up and pinched with cold is sheltering behind the corner of the house.

Synopsis:

This 1862 novel, in a vibrant new translation by Peter Constantine, is Tolstoys semiautobiographical story of young Olenin, a wealthy, disaffected Muscovite who joins the Russian army and travels to the untamed frontier of the Caucasus in search of a more authentic life. While striving to adopt the rough and ready lifestyle of the local Cossacks, Olenin falls in love with a free-spirited girl whose fiancé turns out to be a formidable opponent. Showcasing the philosophical insight that would characterize Tolstoys later masterpieces, this long overdue translation is a revelation.

About the Author

Peter Constantine, winner of a PEN Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize and a National Translation Award, has earned wide acclaim for his translation of the complete works of Isaac Babel. His Modern Library translations include Gogols Taras Bulba and Voltaires Candide.

Cynthia Ozick is the celebrated author of many novels, including The Shawl, The Puttermesser Papers, and Heir to the Glimmering World, and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for her essay collection Quarrel & Quandary.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812975048
Translator:
Constantine, Peter
Introduction:
Ozick, Cynthia
Translator:
Constantine, Peter
Introduction by:
Ozick, Cynthia
Introduction:
Ozick, Cynthia
Author:
Constantine, Peter
Author:
Ozick, Cynthia
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo Nikolayevich
Publisher:
Modern Library
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Cossacks
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;russia;19th century;russian;literature;novel;russian literature;cossacks;classics;tolstoy;caucasus;classic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 MAP
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.08x5.26x.47 in. .32 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This 1862 novel, in a vibrant new translation by Peter Constantine, is Tolstoys semiautobiographical story of young Olenin, a wealthy, disaffected Muscovite who joins the Russian army and travels to the untamed frontier of the Caucasus in search of a more authentic life. While striving to adopt the rough and ready lifestyle of the local Cossacks, Olenin falls in love with a free-spirited girl whose fiancé turns out to be a formidable opponent. Showcasing the philosophical insight that would characterize Tolstoys later masterpieces, this long overdue translation is a revelation.
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