Hadji Murad (Modern Library Classics)
Leo TolstoyISBN: 0812967119;
Book DescriptionIn 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 Murad, 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 Murad was pursued by those he had betrayed and, after fighting the most heroic battle of his life, was killed. Tolstoy, witness to many of the events leading to Hadji Murad’s death, set down this story with painstaking accuracy to preserve for future generations the horror, nobility, and destruction inherent in war.Download DescriptionThis Hadji Murad was Shamil's naib, famous for his exploits, who used never to ride out without his banner and some dozens of murids, who caracoled and showed off before him. Now wrapped in a hood and burka, from under which protruded a rifle, he rode, a fugitive with one murid only, trying to...