And, oh, it feels good.
No better way to open the New Year then starting at the top. This month, our discussions will focus on Hadji Murat, Tolstoy didn't even care if the work was ever published. This tale, a fictionalized version of the Chechnyan rebel fighter Hadji Murat is Tolstoy spun-refined. No sermonizing. No depressing bitter cold. No risking familial expectations for personal romantic gain. No trains.
He lays bare the folly of men at war.
Biblio-nexu again permeates our title selection. Tolstoy's narrative paints with great clarity and economy the debauchery of 1850s' Russian military oppression in the Caucasus.
Sounds ever so familiar.
The wise Maryna observes that warriors are nothing more than butchers.