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Mundane uncanny

The Cossacks - Leo Tolstoy, Peter Constantine, Cynthia Ozick

Olenin's story is related in Tolstoy's masterfully naturalistic style, full of the mundane uncanny. Even so, the ending is foreshadowed and seems inevitable. He makes us feel Maryanka's beauty, Lukashka's ease, and Olenin's cultured awkwardness as uncomfortably as if we were there with them, and renders the village and its environment with poetic elegance, not extravagance