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The Raid and Other Stories

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The raid --
Sevastopol in May 1855 --
Two hussars --
Albert --
What men live by --
Master and man --
How much land does a man need? --
The death of Ivan Ilych --
The three hermits.
Paperback, 286 pages
Published August 26th 1982 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1895)
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There is a bit of a language and culture barrier in some of these stories that prevented me from completely grasping what Tolstoy was going for. But overall they translate beautifully and the story in its self is wonderful even if all of what he's aiming at can't be completely grasped.
But that barrier isn't really a problem at all in understanding the stories, I was very thankful for the introduction which described a bit about his major life changes that affected his work. Because of this I was
Tolstoy was so far ahead of his time that he's still fresh. Much as everyone raves about Dostoyevsky, I've always had a hard time taking his characters seriously. Not so with Tolstoy. In my opinion he and Dickens are two of the only male authors writing before 1900 who managed to create fully developed female characters. This collection is simply a pleasure.
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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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