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Written by Leo TolstoyAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Alymer MaudeAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Alymer Maude
Introduction by Azar NafisiAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Azar Nafisi


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On Sale: July 21, 2010
Pages: 192 | ISBN: 978-0-307-75742-5
Published by : Modern Library Random House Group
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In 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 Murád, 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 Murád 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 Murád’s death, set down this story with painstaking accuracy to preserve for future generations the horror, nobility, and destruction inherent in war.
Leo Tolstoy|Alymer Maude|Azar Nafisi

About Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy - Hadji Murad

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Count Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) was born in central Russia. After serving in the Crimean War, he retired to his estate and devoted himself to writing, farming, and raising his large family. His novels and outspoken social polemics brought him world fame.

About Alymer Maude

Alymer Maude - Hadji Murad
ABOUT THE TRANSLATORS: Louise and Aylmer Maude were English friends of Tolstoy who spent many years in Russia. Their Quaker background led them to share many of Tolstoy's spiritual and moral views. Aylmer wrote a biography of Tolstoy and worked with his wife on translations of his major works.

About Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi - Hadji Murad

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AZAR NAFISI is a visiting professor and the director of the Dialogue Project at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She has taught Western literature at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University, and the University of Allameh Tabatabai in Iran. In 1981 she was expelled from the University of Tehran after refusing to wear the veil. In 1994 she won a teaching fellowship from Oxford University, and in 1997 she and her family left Iran for America. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic and has appeared on countless radio and television programs. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.


“[Tolstoy is the] greatest of all novelists.” —Virginia Woolf

  • Hadji Murad by Leo Tolstoy
  • July 08, 2003
  • Fiction - Classics
  • Modern Library
  • $11.95
  • 9780812967111

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