The Cossacks: A Tale Of The Caucasus In 1852
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The Cossacks: A Tale Of The Caucasus In 1852

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حين وصل تولستوي إلى القوقاز سنة 1851م، شعر أوّل الأمر بخيبة الأمل... لكن سرعان ما أعجبته حياة قوزاق نهو تيريك...
هذه الحياة البدائية التي تحتل فيها الأهواء مكاناً كبيراً، والتي نرى الحب فيها يترقبه الموت، هي عند تولستوي نغمة أساسية. يقرر تولستوي أن يكتب شيئاً عن القوزاق. ولكن الغريب أن الكاتب سيظل يجرِّب ويتلمّس طريقه مدة طويلة. حتى لقد احتاج إلى عشر سنين ليفرغ من كتابة قصة...more
Published 2006 by Adamant Media Corporation (first published 1863)
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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...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...more
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
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
HA
...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...more
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...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
Nels Mattson
Oct 19, 2007 Nels Mattson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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...more
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 Kinch 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...more
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
Nedal




القوزاق
من الكاتب الروسي “ليو تولستوي” ذو الرواية الرائعة “ الحرب والسلام ”.يمتعنا هنا برحله قصيرة مميزة الى القوزاق أثناء ترحاله .

الرواية تحكي عادات و حياة و طبائع القوزاق بشكل مميز لا يخلو من الملل بعض الأحيان.
جندي فقير يحلم بحصان و بفتاة أحلامه ، وآخر غني ذو جاه يحب الحياة البسيطة بعد معيشته مدة لا بأس فيها مع القوزاق.

يمكن القول بأن الوصف في هذه الرواية يصف تماماً طريقة حياه لا أكثر.
لم يغوص الكاتب في خبايا النفس ولا في الشرور الكامنه داخل البشر ، لكن وصف الجيد منها بهذة الرواية بحيث تكلم عن
...more
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,...more
شكري الميدي أجي

اسمه تولستوي، نعرفه عن طريق الحرب السلام، أنا كارنين، موت ايفان إيلينتش، من يقرأ هذا الكتاب لا بد أن يرى الوجه الآخر لتولستوي، قصة عميقة لحب يلد في ظروف مختلفة، فتاة شركسية جميلة، تشابه كثيراً اكسينيا التي أبدعها شولوخوف في الدون الهادئ. إن الصراع حقيقي جداً في نص تولستوي، الغيرة والحرب والحب، مجيء الشاب الثري لينافس على قلب الصبية الجميلة، ويتنافس من الشاب القروي الجامح، المحارب القوي، الفقير والذي يضطر في احدى اللحظات أن يعتمد على الثري في توجيه نفسه، في حين أن الضابط العاشق القادم من موسكو بك...more
Paranoidsudha kumari
my most favorite book from Tolstoy, and the first of his I read as well.And if I recall well, first one that Tolstoy wrote too. I was young and each character, Luka, Eroshka, Maryanka (another of my favorite female characters)..used to seem so alive..and the landscape sketched in the story became so familiar.. The novel carries a freshness that was later taken over by maturity or even virtuousness in Tolstoy's later writings.
Zanna
Olenin's story is related in Tolstoy's masterfully naturalistic style, full of the mundane uncanny. Even so, the ending is foreshadowed and seems inevitable. He makes us feel Maryanka's beauty, Lukashka's ease, and Olenin's cultured awkwardness as uncomfortably as if we were there with them, and renders the village and its environment with poetic elegance, not extravagance
Saoirse
J'ai malheureusement eu un peu de mal à entrer dans l'histoire des Cosaques. Par contre, une fois captivé c'est un roman que l'on ne lâche plus. J'ai toujours autant aimé la plume de Tolstoï, ses descriptions. J'ai un peu moins aimé l'histoire, par rapport aux nouvelles que j'ai lu récemment (La mort d'Ivan Ilitch, Maître et Serviteur par exemple).
TarasProkopyuk
Это одно из многих прекрасных произведений Льва Николаевича Толстого, но у данной повести присущая некая особенная составляющая, которая отличает её от других работ автора. И её сложно передать одними словами, её надо скорее прочувствовать...
Philip Bergstresser
I read this book in two days. I was on flight KL0651/2 from Dulles to Kiev by way of Amsterdam , if I were a Muscovite , rich, disaffected, and traveling as a officer,this is what I would want to do. I would fight, love, learn that all the gold in the world can not buy your beloved, that a brave , a man ready to throw down his life for his kens and way of being a free man will steal her heart and break it by dying before her betrothal, and forever seal her love in his blood. I would leave like t...more
Elena
Affluent, aimless 20 something goes to find himself among the Cossacks, characterized in the noble savage tradition.
Hend
لم تعجبنى هذه الرواية واراها مملة
ليست مثل باقى روايات تولوستوى انا كارنينا و الحرب و السلام
Dan
Olenin < Pierre < Levin

They are all pretty much the same character with Levin bearing the fullest expression of what Tolstoy thought the ideal man should be.

Yet unlike Pierre and Levin, Olenin was left empty-handed and disillusioned. He tried to be something he is not and could not every be. He turned his back on his responsibilities back home and promptly ran into the backs of the entire Cossack people. To make matters more bitter, the Cossacks, though not Russian, are part of the great...more
Theresa~OctoberLace
The Cossacks by Leo Tolstoy was a nice read, but just didn’t rank as high with me as did his other works, War and Peace, Anna Karenina, and A Confession. It is a tale of a Musovite who leaves for a life of adventure with the Cossacks.

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Jefferson
The Cossacks: a Tale of 1852 (1863), Tolstoy’s first novel, conveys a vivid sense of a particular time, place, and culture and also explores universal themes about youth, love, nature, and civilization. The story begins with 24-year-old rich boy Dmitri Andreich Olenin leaving Moscow because he’s in debt and has just realized that he doesn’t love this rich woman he was supposed to marry, and he has nothing better to do, having aborted other half-hearted pursuits like attending university and farm...more
Ryan (Glay)
Probably my favourite Early work of Tolstoy that I have read so far...

I love its setting in the Caucasus mountains, which judging by the amount of ink spilt my 19th century Russian writers I am not alone in my love for the region. The Caucasus and its people must have (and still does) represent something wild, exotic, simple and free in contrast to the over-civilized, mendacious and artificial society of imperial Russia.

It's interesting to know that the theme of a person attempting to 'return t...more
Carl Brush
Way back in 2007 I had a grand time with Gogol’s Dead Souls. Thanks to my commentary on Cortright McMeel’s first-rate financial thriller Short, writer and mentor Les Edgerton put me in touch with McMeel and directed me to his blog, which contains a great compare-and-contrast piece on Gogol and Tolstoy called the “Cossack Novel Smackdown.” I decided to create a Writer Working version of McMeel’s event, And here it is:

Imagine you’re lonely in a strange town. You walk by a house where a party’s go...more
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...more
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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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