Not for the first time, Russian imperialism is casting a shadow over the country’s literature. But the last work of Leo Tolstoy, Hadji Murad, provided both a mirror and an indictment.

Ilya Efimovich Repin’s Portrait of Leo Tolstoy goes on view at Sotheby’s on 23 November 2018 in London, England. (Tristan Fewings / Getty Images for Sotheby’s)

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