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Olenin is an aimless young nobleman who is disenchanted with city life. Taking a post as a Cadet in the army, he finds himself assigned to the remote Cossack outpost in the Caucasus. It is here, among the Tatars, the Chechens, and the Old Believers, that he will fall in love with a beautiful Cossack girl. The only problem is that she is promised to a Cossack warrior.

In the setting of what is present-day Kazakhstan, Tolstoy examines two psychological problems. The first is the dilemma of a young man who desires both fulfilling love and a place as a respected member of society. The other is the difficulty of a primitive society to accept domination by a higher culture that has no understanding of the traditions it asks its colonists to cast aside.

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  • “The best story that has been written in our language.”

    Ivan Turgenev

  • “It was with a kind of amaze that I read [The Cossacks] and felt, word by word and line by line, the truth of a new art in it.”

    William Dean Howells

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike | 5/22/2011

    " I read the Magarshack translation. A great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steven | 5/22/2011

    " A very long soap opera. Some parts of the book were page turners, other parts were a drag to get through. Very good author and can display the characters emotions on you with precision, overall not bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cissie | 5/19/2011

    " This was the perfect book to read while snowed in for weeks! ( well, snowed in by choice) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Crystal | 5/19/2011

    " This was a long one, but I got attached to the characters. It's a good one. "

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