Cossacks were a proud group of farmers on the Don river who wanted their own local government instead of belonging to a new Soviet collective government. This book looks at the privations of war for the Cossack regiments in WW1 as well as a series of personal stories about the key characters that run through the entire novel.
Names are challenging, so I have prepared some notes outlining the main dozen characters in the caste of about 100. As well there is a short synopsis of the first two books that can help readers get into the plot lines.
Coming up in June: The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bolgakov (1940). "Farce about Moscow life in the 1930s. Slapstick fantasy defying Russian gloom."