The Good Cossacks

Ozick, Cynthia
June 2004
New Republic;6/28/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 24, p36
Discusses Cossack history and the Leo Tolstoy novel, "The Cossacks," which is considered a love story. Idea that Tolstoy does not acknowledge the Cossack pogroms and genocide; View that Tolstoy, a Christian pacifist, must have been aware of crimes similar to those in the Cossack depredations of the 19th century; Focus on Tolstoy's character, the gentleman soldier Olenin; The purpose of Tolstoy's art.


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