By Leo Tolstoy, Cynthia Ozick, Peter Constantine
Olenin, a prosperous, disaffected Muscovite, joins the Russian military and travels to the untamed frontier of the Caucasus looking for a extra genuine existence. Quartered together with his regiment in a Cossack village, Olenin revels within the glories of nature and the tough power of the Cossacks and Chechens. captivated with his unrequited love for a neighborhood lady, Maryanka, Olenin has a profound yet finally short-lived religious awakening. attempt as he may well to assimilate, even though, he is still a clumsy outsider and his lengthy look for a extra enlightened and useful life involves naught.
Peter Constantine, winner of a PEN Book-of-the-Month membership Translation Prize and a countrywide Translation Award, has earned broad approval for his translation of the full works of Isaac Babel. His sleek Library translations contain Gogol's Taras Bulba and Voltaire's Candide.
Cynthia Ozick is the distinguished writer of many novels, together with The scarf, The Puttermesser Papers, and inheritor to the Glimmering international, and winner of the nationwide publication Critics Circle Award for her essay assortment Quarrel & obstacle.