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“Man has plan - but dies instead.”Nick Harris wrote this review Sunday, March 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Attempting to understand the North Caucasus has to start with reading this great novel by Tolstoy. Many who are torn by cultural & ethnic vs. religious issues should love this Work by the greates Novolist....”Nazem wrote this review Tuesday, February 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
The conflict in Chechnya is really ancestral , visceral.
Hadji Murat is an excelent character , so intense.
I captured perfectly the Caucasus´ atmosphere.”
“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 help him regain his former power. Tolstoy explores issues of honor, understanding, compassion, and loyalty, but above all he is interested in death, and what he has to say about it is not comforting. Whether it is a young Russian soldier shot in the gut by a sniper's bullet and mourned by his parents back home, or a Chechen boy whose only crime is to live in a village razed by a Russian patrol, life is fleetingly enjoyable but death constantly lurks out of sight. Murad's honorable, fantastic life contrasts with his degrading, unpoetic end, underlining Tolstoy's conception of human existence.”Johnny Waco wrote this review Monday, April 28, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I see Tolstoy's genius only in his narrative works, not his social novels (which seem unconvincing and pt-boiler like to me). But his narratives! Classic experiences. He has 3-4 works set in the Caucuses -about the life of the of the Cossack people and the strife with Chechens. This one is a powerful statement on the situation in those days. He has written so starkly about the Czar's regime, and tried to capture the Chechen war lord/ leader's character. So sad, that so much water has flowed under the bridge, but Chenchens are still in strife.”pendkars wrote this review Tuesday, October 23, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No