Various modern Russian novelists have been hailed as successors to Tolstoy, Dostolevsky, and Turgenieff, but in the opinion of this reader here is the first one who merits the distinction, and who at the same time is modern, original and universal enough in appeal to catch the imagination of the American reading public. This is a great book. Not a book for instant success -- not a flash in the pan -- but a book that will repay your personal attention, and that is certain to find a growing market. Here for the first time, one seems to come to grips with the Cossack of peace and war, of revolution and civil strife, half-barbarian, half-civilized. It is a story that comes from within, that has that note of authority, of authenticity. A book to sell to the public that read avidly Sergeant Grisha and The Peasants. The publishers are planning strong backing.