The Cossacks by Leo Tolstoy

The novel is a coming-of-age story that follows the journey of a young Russian aristocrat who, disillusioned with his privileged life and the superficiality of society, seeks meaning and authenticity. He joins a Cossack community in the Caucasus, where he is drawn to the simplicity and vigor of their lifestyle. As he becomes entangled in the local conflicts and customs, he falls in love with a Cossack girl, which leads to a deep internal struggle between his previous values and his newfound admiration for the Cossack's way of life. The protagonist's journey is one of self-discovery, cultural immersion, and the quest for a genuine existence amidst the backdrop of the rugged and unforgiving landscape of the Russian frontier.

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