Saturday, April 20, 2013

Tolstoy and a two-part documentary on Chechnya (2005)

Liesl Schillinger turns to Tolstoy's Hadji Murat, his final novel, which was about a Chechen warlord. Here's Nicholas Lezard's 2003 review of Hugh Aplin's translation. Larissa Volokhonsky and Richard Pevear recently completed their own translation of Hadji Murat.

The first clip (below) was posted by Juan Cole. I dug around and found the second part. At 7:54 of the second clip Tom de Waal, an English journalist, is interviewed. He appears several times in that clip. It turns out that Thomas de Waal is a brother of Edmund de Waal, who wrote The Hare with Amber Eyes. A third de Waal brother, Alex, writes on African history.


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