The Horrors of War: Leonid Andreyev’s “The Red Laugh” (1904)

Combat at the Dalinsky Pass. 21st East Siberian Rifle Regimen

Leonid Andreyev's "The Red Laugh" appeared a decade before the outbreak of World War I, but its unsparing portrait of the psychological effects of warfare seems almost like a warning to the traumatic century that was just beginning. In "The Red Laugh", Andreyev writes of an ordinary individual soldier who descends into madness, exploring how war affects both those who fight and those who are left behind.