A fictionalized account of Murat's struggle with the Russian Empire, this was Tolstoy's last major piece of fiction to be completed; it was published after his death in 1912. It was Wittgenstein's (and Harold Bloom's) favorite by Tolstoy. In the year before Tolstoy's death, his wife wrote in her diary: "I have done nothing but copy out Hadji Murat. It's so good! I simply couldn't tear myself away from it."
see also http://www.theguardian.com/books/2003/feb/15/classics.leonikolaevichtolstoy