Juxtaposing simple life with urban sophistication, The Cossacks is Tolstoy's thoughtful depiction of Cossack society in the 19th century. Originally written by Tolstoy to pay off a gambling debt, this 1982 recording by audiobook performer Walter Zimmerman convincingly captures Russian nobleman Dmitri Olenin's naïve striving to understand life among simpler folk. Though the recording shows its age, Zimmerman's spirited delivery more than compensates for the thin audio. Stirring and thought-provoking, The Cossacks remains a compelling study of individuality and cultural identity.
©1982 Jimcin Recordings
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