Summary: In this quixotic tale within a tale, Tolstoy (who himself had a history of artistic opportunism) explores
the experiences of a “superfluous man” whose life spans the Civil War and Revolution, who at once
longs for his happy, carefree life before 1914, while reveling in how war “fans the soul.”
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