Foreword by Colm Toibin; Introduction; Hadji Murat; Notes; Biographical note
Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1828-1910) is one of the greatest Russian prose writers. His brilliantly crafted epic novels, such as War and Peace, deal with the entire gamut of Russian society, politics and traditions. Journalist and political correspondent Colm Toibin is one of Ireland's leading contemporary writers. His most recent novel is the Booker-shortlisted The Blackwater Lightship.