Skip to comments.The Chechen Grievance: Tolstoy’s ‘Hadji Murad’ After Boston
Posted on 04/22/2013 11:00:00 PM PDT by cunning_fish
As everyone followed the Boston manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers, thoughts turned to Tolstoys final novel, Hadji Murad, about Chechen rebels fighting Russian imperialism. Benjamin Lytal checks in on the masters tale of anti-heroism and betrayal.
On Friday, while CNN was making constant reference to the Tsarnaev brothers' attempt to go out in a blaze of glory, a micro-meme lit up social media: didnt Leo Tolstoy have a novel about Chechnyan rebels, called Hadji Murad? He does: it was his last, a thin book that everyone should read. While it offers few overt parallels to a case of 21st-century terrorism, Tolstoys novel sets the stage for the Chechen grievanceand tribal dysfunction. But what is more piercing, when Dzhokhar Tsarnaevs image is haunting the public eye, is Tolstoys insight into the dire symbiosis between heroic desires and boyish innocence.
Tolstoy would have been the first to reject an idea like "going out in a blaze of glory. In battle scenes he was a master of anticlimax: perhaps the best-remembered moment in all of War and Peace is young Nikolai Rostovs first cavalry charge: knocked from the saddle by a bullet the bewildered 20-year-old turns tail: Theyre not after me! They cant be after me! Why? They cant want to kill me! Me. Everybody loves me! Like, one suspects, many a hunted young man-boy, Nikolai is haunted by all the love he had from his mother, from his family and his friends. He cant reconcile such a background with all the trouble he has gotten into.
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were they Muslims back then too?
AFAIK, Chechens has corverted to Islam circa 16th century. Earlier they were pagan worshiping penis (not kidding) and wolves.
Meanwhile the US is converting to their old faith
It must have been a forced conversion and how degrading.
Jeez, sounds like a conversation between Frasier and Niles!
LesterBallard66 1 day ago
Yeah, I'm sure that the people who thought these brothers were from Czechoslovakia will be reading Tolstoy.