Synopses & Reviews
This Hadji Murad was Shamil's naib, famous for his exploits, who used never to ride out without his banner and some dozens of murids, who caracoled and showed off before him. Now wrapped in a hood and burka, from under which protruded a rifle, he rode, a fugitive with one murid only, trying to attract as little attention as possible and peering with his quick black eyes into the faces of those he met on his way. -- Note: Tolstoy's last novel.
"My personal touchstone for the sublime of prose fiction, to me the best story in the world." Harold Bloom, author, How to Read and Why
"As I read Hadji-Murat again, I thought: this is the man one should learn from. Here the electric charge went from the earth, through the hands, straight to the paper, with no insulation, quite mercilessly stripping off any and all outer shrouds with a sense of trutha truth, furthermore, which was clothed in garments both transparent and beautiful." Isaac Babel, author Red Cavalry