Tolstoy And The Boston Bombers

As everyone followed the Boston manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers, thoughts turned to Tolstoy’s final novel, ‘Hadji Murad,’ about Chechen rebels fighting Russian imperialism. Benjamin Lytal checks in on the master’s tale of anti-heroism and betrayal. I read the book about a year ago and must confess that I found it slow going: where were Natasha and Pierre? Vronsky and Anna? Kitty and Levin?

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