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The Cossacks

The Cossacks

Author(s): Leo Tolstoy

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): pre-revolutionary Russia

“The Cossacks” is one of Tolstoy’s greatest works. In this semi-autobiographical work we meet the central character of Olenin, a young man of twenty-four who has yet to make anything of himself in life. Olenin joins the Russian army and is assigned to a remote post. There he falls in love with a beautiful young Cossack woman who has already been promised to another man, a Cossack warrior. What will become of Olenin? Will he fight for the love that he has found? Read this gripping narrative set in pre-revolutionary Russia and find out for yourself.

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

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