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Tolstoy, Leo: Hadji Murad. v1, 12 Sep 2016

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a Russian writer regarded as one of the greatest authors of realist fiction.

His parents died during his infancy, and he was brought up by relatives. As a young man he drank and gambled heavily, and failed at university. In 1851 he joined the army and fought during the Crimean War, and began to write. In 1862, at age 34, he married Sophia (Sonya) Behrs, aged 18, who bore him 13 children, eight of whom survived childhood. Their early married life was happy, and she acted as his secretary, proofreader, and financial manager. In the 1870s he experienced spiritual conversion, and renounced many of his previous beliefs in favour of ascetic religious beliefs including pacifism. His marriage deteriorated, and shortly before his death at age 82 he absconded from the family home in the depths of winter, and died soon after of pneumonia.

Hadji Murad is a novella written by Leo Tolstoy from 1896 to 1904 and published posthumously in 1912 (though not in full until 1917). It was Tolstoy's final work. The protagonist is an Avar rebel commander who Tolstoy met in 1851, and who for reasons of personal revenge forged an uneasy alliance with the Russians he had been fighting. According to Aylmer Maude 'The details of Hadji Murad's life ... are not always historically exact; but the main events are true, and tale is told in a way that gives a vivid and faithful picture of those stirring times.'

The text was taken from Wikisource, and checked against a 1912 edition from the Internet Archive. The earlier version had footnotes which have been kept as end notes, and the later version had a glossary which has been linked to the text. I have silently corrected typos, curled quotes, replaced italics, replaced diacritics in French, used British English, and made changes to spelling and hyphenation using oxforddictionaries.com.
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