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This 1862 novel, in a vibrant new translation by Peter Constantine, is Tolstoy’s 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 ...more
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Published February 14th 2006 by Modern Library (first published 1863)
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بــدريــه  الـبـرازي
الرواية التي كتبها تولستوي خلال عشر سنوات
متتالية بإثني عشرة صياغة مختلفة على الأقل
حيث كُتبت أول صياغة شعراً مكونة من 52 بيتاً
لكنها كانت رديئة مما اضطّر تولستوي إلى المحاولة
لإعادة المحاولة مرات ومرات إلى ان اعتمد هذه
الصياغة التي بين أيدينا والتي احتار في وضع
نهايتها كثيراً

جاءت الرواية بعد التجربة التي خاضها تولستوي
في جبال القوقاز ردحاً من الزمن
رواية قيّمة تخوض في خلجات النفس الخفية
وتجوب آفاقاً من الحيرة والتساؤلات



ركّز تولستوي على هذا المبدأ ( أن يعيش المرء
لنفسه وينأ في حاجاته ورغبات
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Abe Something
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 it means to be alive - the world shows you that you have yet to even begin living. The road exposes us as children and Tolstoy accurately delivers this sentiment. We lay our heads down in a new place a ...more
Marcus
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 swath of humanity and communicates them so simply and perfectly.

The Cossacks isn't as expansive as War and Peace or as dramatic as Anna Karenina, but it is a story worth reading. It has its share of susp
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حسين العُمري
بترجمة سامي الدروبي ، أجمل في الرواية في نظري هو ذلك الوصف الرائع لحياة القوزاق وجبالهم وعاداتهم ، من جهة أخرى ذلك الصراع في داخل البطل بين حياة الزيف في موسكو وحياة الطبيعة الأولى في تلك الأرض وذلك الحوار الدائر باستمرار في عقله وقلبه بين الانجراف نحو حياة اللهو المعتادة وبين الالتزام بالمباديء التي وصل إليها بتأملاته ، الحب الذي ملأ وجوده واليأس الذي تملكه ،
Johnny Waco
An absolute masterpiece by Tolstoy, and a less intimidating work than the later, monstrously long novels he is better known for. Dmitri Olenin is a young man who has ruined himself through gambling and scandalous love affairs, so he buys a commission in the Russian army and gets sent to the the Caucasus, where troops simultaneously protect the Cossack minority and seek to subdue the Chechens and other groups on Russia's imperialist frontier. Despite being written on the other side of the contine ...more
Darwin8u
This is one Tolstoy that is easily overlooked, but shouldn't be missed. It combines Tolstoy's philosophy with his religious moralizing with his love of the land and the simplicity of nature and those close to it. The novel explores the nature of happiness, the purpose of life, and Tolstoy's particular interest in rural life vs the more urbane Moscow/Saint Petersburg society.

This minor masterpiece is full of Tolstoy's fascination with the Cossacks (both men and women) and the Chechen braves (abr
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Lamia Al-Qahtani
رواية قصيرة لا تشبه تولستوي وطول رواياته وغلب عليها الوصف وواضح أنه وصف ناتج عن إعجاب فطغى على الأحداث، والقصة إن تكن عادية وكلاسيكية إلا أن شيئًا من روح تولستوي يتلبسها فيضفي عليها جمالًا خصوصًا في رسائل أولنين التي كتبها وعبر فيها عن مشاعره، وكذلك عن الصراع الداخلي للضابط الغني الذي يرفض حياة موسكو الزائفة ويبحث عن البساطة والروح الحقيقية عند القوزاق، وكذلك عن مشاعر الحب والظروف الصعبة التي يمر بها، والتعبير عن المشاعر شيء يجيده تولستوي.
Ben
Set in a Cossack stanitsa in the midst of intermittent battle with invading Chechens somewhere on the Russian side of the Caucasus (I imagine near Mt. Elbrus), this novella requires a little historical research to be appreciated by modern readers. The story is simple enough: boy meets girl - only the boy is a rather dandified nobleman from Moscow and the girl is a Cossack peasant. The complications presented are both psychological and sociological. The romantic themes are decidedly fatalistic. I ...more
☽ Moon Rose ☯
The abruptness of a youth's disposition to change undermines his inner capacity for stability. It is reflective through the fickleness of his decisions, exemplifying the sheer rawness of his earth bound existence. The wobbling determination to go the distance and the recurring oscillations to push forward mirror a consciousness seemingly placed in an empty vessel, appearing like a sponge that instantaneously absorbs any ideals to fill in the void. This starvation for an ideal indicates the youth ...more
mai ahmd


شخضية بطل الرواية تشبه شخصية غاتسبي العظيم وكذلك حالة الحب في هذه الرواية هناك من تأثر بالآخر لربما
أو لعلها توارد خواطر هذه المثالية في الحب واستعذاب حالة الألم لدرجة نكران الذات هي حالة يمكن تقبلها في ذلك العقد
لا أدري إن كنت سأتقبلها لو حدثت قصة مشابهة في عصرنا الحالي
أجمل ما فيها إنها تحكي عن أهل القوزاق بيئتهم الإجتماعية وطريقة حياتهم وحالة الصراع بينهم وبين التتر دائما ما تحدث قصص الحب والتنافس على الفتاة الجميلة لتخفف من وطأة ثقل هذه الصراعات


النهاية كانت غادرة في القصة
لا أدري من غدر بم
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Shawn
Unlike Leo Tolstoy’s monumental works, War and Peace an Anna Karenina, The Cossacks is a more manageable length. I finished it in less than a week.
This is a good book to read and brings recent events into more focus. The Cossacks are inter-related bands of semi-nomadic people nominally allied with Imperial Russia. They are constantly at war with Chechens, or Abreks as referred to in the novel. The mountainous land is claimed by Russia and includes Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and Old Believers
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HA
Jul 29, 2011 HA added it
...Interesting slice of life from the perspective of a young aristocratic Russian officer deployed to Chechnya in the 1850's. (Obviously, Tolstoy is writing about his own experiences).



A bit more of a love story than I would've liked, but good if you like stories about the far-flung corners of the earth, urbanite soldiers who "go native" and a bygone era. A bit Conradian, but less dark.



Nonetheless, a good book about a little known (at least in the West) "low intensity conflict" against Islamic a
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Tom Kepler
This novel was read as a free e-book.

Tolstoy's stories of the Cossacks are the Russian version of America's Western novel genre with cowboys and Indians. The Cossacks, being written by Leo Tolstoy, becomes much more, of course.

Tolstoy's short novel is about a young Russian aristocrat, Dmitri Olenin, who leaves Moscow, disillusioned with Moscow society and with love. He joins the army as a cadet, yet still maintains a special status because of his money and place in society. In the Caucasus, he f
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Ana
Los Cosacos es una de las primeras novelas de Tolstoi, de un gran contenido autobiográfico y con la semilla a punto de germinar, de lo que sería más adelante su estilo inigualable. Pero esta novela parece tener unos “fallos” importantes y muchos podrían sentirse incluso decepcionados con el final. Todo esto responde, sin embargo, a una razón más profunda que justifica la novela por completo.
¿Qué es lo que quiere decirnos Tolstoi con los Cosacos? Tenemos que ser concientes que el choque con esta
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Nels Mattson
Oct 19, 2007 Nels Mattson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone.
Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. With this novel, Tolstoy finally matured as an author. With Childhood, Adolescence and Youth as well as The Sevastapol Sketches, he was still awkward and didactic. In the former, Tolstoy assuredly makes claims to the nature of love. In The Cossacks, Tolstoy dives into the subject of love right on the very first page, but he brilliantly displays love as the incredibly complicated thing that it is. He makes no attempts at teaching the reader. Instead, he weaves a b ...more
Mohammad Dawood
القوزاق
ليو تولستوي
الترجمة: سامي الدروبي
دار التنوير-بيروت
أدبي (رواية)

مراجعة الكتاب:
في البداية قد تشعر بالممل من الرواية، وقد تتعثّر باللغة التي جاءت رتيبةً، بطيئةَ الإيقاع، وإذا تحاملت على نفسك قليلاً سوف تَتَفهم تلك النغمة الرتيبة للغة، بعد ذلك ستتأقلم مع جو القصة وعندما تنتهي ستتألم لأنك خرجت من هذا العالم الساحر الفاتن ذو الجمال الوحشي "عالم القوزاق".
هذه الرواية هي نتيجة لخبرة تولستوي في القوقاز، فالمعروف أن تولستوي إلتحق بالجيش الروسي وذهب إلى القوقاز في إحدى حملات الجيش، وهناك اصطدم بعالم ضُ
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Scott Hayden
You can't change yourself by changing your setting.

Desperate to define love, a rich young snob decides to rough it and find himself. He thinks he does and likes it. But in the end he really finds himself and... you decide if he was successful.

A great way to get into Tolstoy if you're not ready for the big books.

Elijah Spector
Read this in Great Short Works .

After seeing The Last Station I had an urge to read some Tolstoy, but it was too soon for a War and Peace re-read, and I was in the middle of two different long-winded series (Dumas' Musketeers books, and Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard series, respectively), so I went for The Cossacks.

The Cossacks is a book about going native whose protagonist fails to go native; a book about self-denial and love for all humanity whose protagonist never lives up to his revelatio
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Debbie Zapata
This was a striking book. I felt as though I were in the Caucasus, living the life along with Olenin, and I could appreciate the way he matured during his time there, especially during the incidents described in the final few chapters. Before I started reading I did not realize that this story was based on Tolstoy's own experiences. Now I want to learn more about Tolstoy the man, as well as go back to reread some of his work and discover others.
I also want to find an actual copy of this book so
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مشاري العبيد
غلب الوصف، فبهتَتْ القصة.
في بداية الرواية، كأني كنت أشاهد القوزاق في فيلمٍ وثائقي، شرح مستفيض عن أمور حياتهم ووصف كل شبرٍ فيها على مدى 50 صفحة، ثم بدأت القصة تنبض. إلا أنها ما عادت تسير وفق رتم ممل، غاب الزمن فلم أعِ أن الأحداث استمرت لسنة كاملة، قضاها بطل الرواية (أولنين) في حين لم أشعر بأكثر من أسبوع. إذ أن العلاقات الاجتماعية بين الشخوص غائبة.
أرى أن تولستوي لم يوفق باختيار أن يكون سرده على لسان الراوي العليم، واتضح هذا الأمر حينما تفاوت شعور البطل تجاه ماريانا على نحوٍ مزعج، لذا كنت أرى أن ضم
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Mad Dog
Jan 22, 2010 Mad Dog rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tolstoy completists
I very much enjoyed War&Peace, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Resurrection, and Anna Karenina. This one just didn't work for me. There is a great setup, culminating with the main character's epiphany ("I have all I need so I'll dedicate myself to doing good for others") in the forest. After the epiphany, I was looking forward to something akin to Dostoevsky's The Idiot, with many of the lives of the Cossacks intermingling with the main character(Olenin). But Olenin does very little 'good', and a ...more
Núria
Como parece que nunca reuniré la fuerza de voluntad suficiente como para enfrentarme a 'Anna Karenina', opté por leer 'Los cosacos', que también es de Tolstoi pero que tiene como 800 páginas menos. Se trata de una obra de juventud con elementos autobiográficos. Olenin es un jovencito de veintipocos años que es el típico jovencito que tanto prolifera en las novelas rusas del siglo XIX, un jovencito que ha leído demasiado, ha bebido demasiado y ha seducido demasiadas doncellas virginales y/o espos ...more
Mohammed Twair
أتفق مع مراجعة الاستاذ : حسين العمري
وهذه هي مراجعته..

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بترجمة سامي الدروبي ، أجمل ما في الرواية في نظري هو ذلك الوصف الرائع لحياة القوزاق وجبالهم وعاداتهم ، من جهة أخرى ذلك الصراع في داخل البطل بين حياة الزيف في موسكو وحياة الطبيعة الأولى في تلك الأرض وذلك الحوار الدائر باستمرار في عقله وقلبه بين الانجراف نحو حياة اللهو المعتادة وبين الالتزام بالمباديء التي وصل إليها بتأملاته ، الحب الذي ملأ وجوده واليأس الذي تملكه ،
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Sina
اصالت و وجود آدمی که در ارتباط با محیط اطرافش بوجود آمده قابل تغییر و دگرگونی نیست و هر کس از هر جا که هست، متعلق به همان جا هم می‌ماند
قزاقان ماجرای بریدن از اصل خویش و ایجاد حس تعلق به اصلی دیگر است که در پایان بی‌سرانجام و ناموفق باقی می‌ماند
Charles
A young, wealthy utopian sets off for a village in Caucasus in search of a life far away from the artificial nature of Moscow. Olenin immerses himself in the daily routine of a cossack, making the vivid outdoor world and connection with nature very prominent themes throughout.

Olenin is a very striking character with his youthful zest for life. The reader follows intriguingly as the story becomes a learning curve for the young Russian; discovering companionship, loyalty and purpose. As we stretc
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ميسرة الهادي
الرواية التي كنت أبحث عنها طول الوقت. الشاب الهارب من زيف المدنية إلى أحضان الطبيعة بكاملها من حب وحرب وحرية وحياة.. التفاصيل ليست مملة إطﻻقا بل على العكس لعل الوصف من أجمل ما في الرواية.. وطبعا لا أنسى أنها ترجمة الدكتور سامي الدروبي مما يضفي عليها قيمة زائدة.
Žydrūnas Jonušas
Nuostabus kūrinys. Tolstojus šiame pusiau autobiografiniame trumpame (200psl.) romane puikiai atskleidžia visko pertekusio, nuobodžiaujančio, išlepusio jaunuolio gyvenimo prasmės paieškas. Meilės neigimas jau nuo pat pradžių matosi, kad pavirs į meilės garbinimą. Ir ne tik maskviškio jaunuolio gyvenimas nušviečiamas kūrinyje. Labai vaizdžiai aprašomas XIXa. vid. kazokų gyvenimas, jų papročiai, tradicijos, jų pagarba priešui (čečėnams) ir neapykanta saviškiams (rusams).
Kūrinys ir meilės istorija,
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Mehmet Akif  Koc
Tolstoy'un Anna Karenina, Savaş ve Barış gibi devasa romanlarının yanında çok görünür bir kitap değil. Lakin, Rus tarihinin önemli bir sayfası olan Kozaklar'ın toplumsal yaşamı ve gelenekleriyle ilgili önemli bir kaynak niteliğinde...
Waleed Alshaiji
حقيقة تولستوي؟؟ مازلت استنكرها كرواية، مستحيل ان يكون تولستوي بهذا المستوى
Carol
This is a lovely coming-of-age story and much better than I expected. I agree with others who have suggested that this is a good introduction to Tolstoy. It is autobiographical and one can see how Tolstoy's ideas began here and were maintained till the end of his life. It is worth noting that Tolstoy was a great influence on Ghandi and they exchanged letters in the final year of Tolstoy's life. It's an example of how ideas can flow from one generation to the next.

Tolstoy (Olenin) "...meditated o
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Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой; commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries) was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider To ...more
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