Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy: Sevastopol'skie rasskazy [The Sebastopol Sketches, Sebastopol Stories]

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Although Lev Tolstoy's three prose works based on his experiences during the siege of Sebastopol in 1854 and 1855, are referred to as “stories” (rasskazy), following the title of the 1856 edition, the term is debatable. All three stories – Sevastopol' v dekabre mesiatse [Sebastopol in December], Sevastopol' v mae [Sebastopol in May] and Sevastopol' v avguste 1855 goda [Sebastopol in August 1855] – are largely plotless and lacking in conventional heroes. Indeed December was referred to as an “article” (stat'ia) by both Nekrasov and …

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Pursglove, Michael. "Sevastopol'skie rasskazy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 June 2006
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