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Hadji Murad

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In 1851 Leo Tolstoy enlisted in the Russian army and was sent to the Caucasus to help defeat the Chechens. During this war a great Avar chieftain, Hadji Murád, broke with the Chechen leader Shamil and fled to the Russians for safety. Months later, while attempting to rescue his family from Shamil’s prison, Hadji Murád was pursued by those he had betrayed and, after fightin ...more
Paperback, 153 pages
Published November 8th 2006 by Cosimo Classics (first published 1912)
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Azar Mirza-Beg This book based on a true story. I think, so far it is the best book of the author. He collected all the documantations about this Muslim freedom…moreThis book based on a true story. I think, so far it is the best book of the author. He collected all the documantations about this Muslim freedom fighter for almost thirty years. Tolstoy in his book was very critical of so-called Europian civilization and life styles of his Russian aristocracy.(less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Хаджи-Мурат = Hadji Murad = Hadji Murat, Leo Tolstoy
Hadji Murat (or alternatively Hadji Murad, although the first spelling better captures the original title in Russian: Хаджи-Мурат [Khadzhi-Murat]) is a short novel written by Leo Tolstoy from 1896 to 1904 and published posthumously in 1912 (though not in full until 1917). It is Tolstoy’s final work. The protagonist is Hadji Murat, an Avar rebel commander who, for reasons of personal revenge, forges an uneasy alliance with the Russians he had b
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I made my way through this short book I told myself that I wasn’t going to review it, that I just didn’t have the mental or emotional energy. This is partly due to having written a lot of reviews this month, and partly due to what has happened recently in the world. I am not asking anyone to take pity on me, of course, but I feel horribly deflated right now, and I was wary of this filtering into my approach to Tolstoy’s work. But then I came towards the end of Hadji Murat, and I read about ho ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The “Tartar” bush consisted of three shoots. One had been broken off, and the remainder of the branch stuck out like a cut-off arm. On each of the other two there was a flower. These flowers had once been red, but now they were black. One stem was broken and half of it hung down, with the dirty flower at the end; the other, though all covered with black dirt, still stuck up. It was clear that the whole bush had been run over by a wheel, and afterwards had straightened up and therefore stood tilt ...more
Leo Africanus
May 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, favorites
Fortunately, Hadji Murat is a fraction of the size of 'War & Peace' or 'Anna Karenina' but despite the brevity it propels Tolstoy to the foreground of my literary perspective.

Hadji Murat chronicles the life of the eponymous hero who came to personify the resistance of the Caucasus to Russian imperialism. The work was published posthumously and reflects an anger and disillusionment with Czarism that perhaps explains why Tolstoy chose not to make the manuscript public.

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B. P. Rinehart
" 'Well, maybe not Napoleon, but a dashing calvary general--yes,' said Voronstov.
'If not Napoleon, then Murat.'
'And his name is Hadji Murat.'

This novella is believed to be the last thing Tolstoy ever worked on. It is an amazing book examining life in the Caucasus Mountains through the tale of a historical Islamic warrior Hadji Murat. The book gives you everything you expect in the great works of Russian and more. It is narrated by Tolstoy as a recollection which he heard as a solide"
Richard Derus
Book Circle Reads 160

Rating: 3* of five

The Publisher Says: In [Hadji Murat], Tolstoy recounts the extraordinary meeting of two polarized cultures--the refined, Europeanized court of the Russian tsar and the fierce Muslim chieftains of the Chechen hills. This brilliant, culturally resonant fiction was written towards the end of Tolstoy's life, but the conflict it describes has obvious, ironic parallels with current affairs today.

It is 1852, and Hadji Murat, one of the most feared mountain chiefs, is the scourge of thfive
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
There will always be foes, one against another; people against people, person against person, for a cause, for a belief, for what is right or wrong.

Many think of war as good vs. evil, when in actuality no one wins: it's evil vs. evil.

Tolstoy's 'Hadji Murad' blends historical fiction with legend. The reader is faced with the decision of whose side to be on. We tend to always favor the supposed good guy, but who is good in war?

With this being my second subjection to the work o
ReemK10 (Paper Pills)
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many of you may pick this to read upon knowing that Harold Bloom praised Hadji Murad in his work The Western Canon, where he declares it “my personal touchstone for the sublime of prose fiction, to me the best story in the world, or at least the best I have ever read.” 

Reading Hadji Murad piqued my interest in Tolstoy's relationship with Islam.

You may be surprised to know that Tolstoy translated many Hadiths and that he had a Quran on his desk when he died.

Johnny Waco
Apr 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: imperialism
Published posthumously, Hadji Murad in some ways is a fascinating bookend to The Cossacks, one of Tolstoy's early novels. Both are set in the Caucasus, Russia's imperial frontier and home to various ethnic groups hostile to Russian rule. But while The Cossacks takes the view of a young, naive Russian officer living among ethnic Russian settlers, Hadji Murad tells the story of a Chechen rebel leader caught between fellow Chechens who want to kill him in a power struggle and the Russian colonizers whom he hates but who can ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“This was the death I was reminded of by the crushed thistle in the midst of the plowed field.”

Simple and gratifying. A novella, but with the power and presence of an epic novel. In Hadji Murat, Tolstoy captures the imagination of his readers with fleshed out characters and elegant prose. The struggle of morality and self-interest is again put on display for his readers to ponder its vast meanings. Although more darker in tone than some of his other notable works, Hadji Murat is a ti
This was my introduction to the great Russian writers. I didn't really enjoy it that much, but I did find it a fairly readable account of actual historical events.

It's the 1850s, and Russia is at war with the Chechens. Hadji Murad is the Chechen hero who defects to the Russian side. Most of the novel concerns the period immediately following Murad's defection, where the Russians are trying to decide whether this reasonable, amicable, charismatic soldier can be trusted. When Murad absconds to tr
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian, empire, fiction
Tolstoy's swansong is an underrated masterpiece by one of the greatest humanists born anywhere at any time.

Will review it soon.
When considering Tolstoy it is hard to think beyond the long form, the novels that make his general reputation today such as War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Hadji Murat is from the other side of the spectrum, an astonishing piece of short fiction, a form that Tolstoy was also a master of. Hadji Murat was the last fiction that Tolstoy wrote and it was not published in his lifetime. In the Hesperus edition it runs to 123 pages but within those pages Tolstoy captures a world and the soul of a man. ...more
Jan 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The beauty of the shape of Tolstoy stories breaks one's heart. When Avdeev the soldier dies, the reader crumbles.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Chechnya forms the bookends to Tolstoy’s career. He began writing his first novel, ‘Childhood,’ while in Starogladovskaya in Northern Chechnya, and his final novel, ‘Hadji Murat,’ is set in the Russo-Chechen war of the 19th century.
Moushine Zahr
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first novel I've read from Leo Tolstoy and I didn't even know this title existed until I saw it in the bookstore in St Peterbourg, Russia. I loved it.

In this short book, the author describes the last weeks and months of Hadji Murad, a fearless great Chechen warrior having fought successfully against both the Russian army and fellow Chechen leader. The warrior's reputation is well known throughout the Russian army, Russia's high society and goes all the way to the Emperor Nicolas in
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this little book. In many ways it reminded me of under the yoke by Ivan Vazov and memed my hawk by yasar Kemal. The former about Bulgarian independence and the latter about Kurdish independence. (I think). This story by Tolstoy is about Chechen independence set in the 1800s. It’s interesting that the iconic Russian writer would write a story from a Muslim Chechens perspective. The story is about a rebel called Hadji Murad who tries to gain independence for Chechnya. The story in ...more
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hadji Murat is, above all, a story about the will to survive, the will to defend one's individuality in a hostile world. But it is also a story of love, a story about the conflict of East vs. West (the Muslim Chechens and their Russian occupiers), a story of war and brutality.

The history of Hadji Murat is, to me, more interesting than the story itself -- not only the biography of the real figure on whom the work is based, but the background of how Tolstoy (who at this point in his life had already renoun
the Disarranged  mind
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Between all of Tolstoy books that I've read. It was the best. He very properly reflects the culture of these people like he's one of them. This accuracy is rare between writers when they talk about a far culture from their own. This book is simple but very attractive. I connected to its message easily.
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What wonderful symbolism and commentary, while still being short and "simple". A quick, powerful read.
Frederick Glaysher
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murad, tolstoy, hadji, leo
Leo Tolstoy. Hadji Murad. 1911. Reviewed September 30th, 2009 by Frederick Glaysher.[return][return]I recently downloaded and read from Google Books Tolstoy’s novella Hadji Murad. It’s one of the very last pieces of fiction he wrote, finishing it in 1904, published in 1911, the year of his death. The short novel of about 200 pages on an ereader has always been praised as an exquisitely crafted work of art. Tolstoy allows the structure and interplay of events to speak for themselves, eschewing ne ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novella-with its unusual style of writing- was the last thing Tolstoy ever worked on, and was published posthumously. Tolstoy served in the Russian army in the mid 19th century, and had recollections of Hadji Murad as the iconic Chechen rebel leader fighting the Russians in Daghestan. The other, more well-known Chechen chieftain was Shamil, who was in fierce rivalry with Hadji Murad, and is powerfully portrayed by Tolstoy as well. Eventually, a mixture of treachery and vindictiveness from b ...more
Maan Kawas
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Compelling and powerful short novel!
Lovely story but I still fail to understand Hadji Murat's rationale for not just deserting in the night. He nullified his own mission...
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Inspired by Tolstoy's own military service in the Caucasus, this is a fictional portrayal of the real life Hadji Murad. Hadji Murad, a fierce and successful rebel commander, separates from other rebels, led by Imam Shamil, who take his family as hostages. Hadji Murad flees to their mutual enemy, the Russians, whom he promises to aid in exchange for help in freeing his family.

Hadji Murad is a stoic hero. He tells his story to Loris-Melikov who, as an example of the top down way the Ru
Naveed Nawaz
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written, silky, lyrical language. The thing that struck me the most about the book was how well Tolstoy wrote about Islam. He knew Islam quite well by the looks of this book and this being one of his last substantial works makes it all the more sweeter for me. I don't expect you to understand what I'm talking about, it's a fanboy thing :3
Tolstoy looks to be in awe of the great Hadji Murad, and what a larger than life character he was could clearly be seen by the way Tolstoy depicts
Apr 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Oct 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are interested in the clash of differing cultures
This is an amazing story; it's took me forever because I read it in Russian (with the help of the English translation). Tolstoy shows how the events effect every aspect of society, the Tsar, Chechens, officers and peasants.
My favorite parts are the ones that follow Tsar Nikolai Pavlovich. The way Tolstoy describes his rule mirrors in many ways the horrific and ignorant ways of the Bush administration. This is my favorite passage so far, it's just teeming with beautiful sarcasm:
"God, throu
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it
You know, even when Tolstoy is mediocre, he's still pretty good. Hadji Murat reads almost like a sketch for a longer novel, a War and Peace of the Caucuses. One wishes he'd actually written it, instead of this somewhat disappointing, meandering yet brief work. Although the main focus is Hadji Murat, various other characters appear and occasionally resurface, as though the narrator's attention has temporarily strayed. Shifts in behavior happen over a few lines instead of the 40 pages you might ex ...more
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hadji Murad is now my favorite Tolstoy character. He is a heroic, charismatic, rebel leader who is fiercely loyal to his family. He also elicits sympathy as he is trapped in an awful play of strategy in an effort to free his family and remain true to his convictions. Both Nicholas, the Tsar of Russia, and Shamil, the rebel leader want to use him to fight against each other. Neither are morally inspiring; both enjoy riches while many of those they lead can barely eke by, and both can be heartless ...more
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