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  • Most modern Tartars no longer call themselves Tartars; though the Volga Tartars and Crimean Tartars are exceptions.
  • Tatars, Russkis, savages, swine.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • And it’s probably worth remembering that no nation, not the Turks, the Tatars, the Persians, the Arabs, the Hindus, or the Brits has ever completely conquered EJaluchistan.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • ’Yes,’ said I. ’Among the Arabs, Tartars, and some other Eastern nations, this mode of life is natural.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson

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  • With more colors of woof and warp Tartars or Turks never made cloth, nor were such webs woven by Arachne.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • We particularly observed this idolatry near the river Arguna, at a city inhabited by Tartars and Russians, called Nerisinkey.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • So the Tatars have taught us, and they left us the knout as a remembrance of it.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • …And where thou now exacts the penalty,— Which is a pound of this poor merchant’s flesh,— Thou wilt not only loose the forfeiture, But, touch’d with human gentleness and love, Forgive a moiety of the principal, Glancing an eye of pity on his losses, That have of late so huddled on his back, Enow to press a royal merchant down, And pluck commiseration of his state From brassy bosoms and rough hearts of flint, From stubborn Turks and Tartars, never train’d To offices of tender courtesy.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • The Black Tatars of Siberia say that when the demiurge Pajana fashioned the first human beings, he found that he was unable to produce a life-giving spirit for them.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Farmer had said he thought it one of the world’s most beautiful buildings, but marred by the fact that it had been built to celebrate Ivan the Terrible’s bloody victory over the Tartars.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains

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  • The deportation of a million Lithuanians, the murder of hundreds of thousands of Poles, the liquidation of the Crimean Tatars remain in our memory, but no photographic documentation exists; sooner or later they will therefore be proclaimed as fabrications.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • She was born in a hill-smothered Wisconsin village where her father was a prosy minister; she labored through a sanctimonious college; she taught for two years in an iron-range town of blurry-faced Tatars and Montenegrins, and wastes of ore, and when she came to Gopher Prairie, its trees and the shining spaciousness of the wheat prairie made her certain that she was in paradise.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • 1346: Tartars send soldiers infected with the plague over the wall in the siege of Caffa on the Black Sea.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • These vaqueros were the most superb horsemen Madeline had ever seen, and she had seen the Cossacks and Tatars of the Russian steppes.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • I had rather that the language should be made hideous with words imported from the Chinese, the Tartars, or the Hurons, than that the meaning of a word in our own language should become indeterminate.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Just about all the seven deadly sins: Dissolved their Poor Peasants’ Committee, that’s one; refused to supply horses to the Red Army, that’s two (and they’re all Tartars, mind you, horsemen); resisted the mobilization decree, that makes three.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Buttes and summits and ridges as in Old Mexico, ravines cut by sheer cliffs, caverns, gullies and dried-up streams and land faults, lost sheep and wild dogs, dividing stripes flowing down the center of the road, howls behind him, beats of the heart, Tatars hunting him on horseback through canyoned country.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • The warrior who had been telling of feeding five thousand Tatars, of receiving a degree from a Chinese university and refusing a decoration from quite a good Balkan king, looked affectionately on his band of one disciple and demanded, "Was it all right—was it?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • *h [Footnote g: With the progress of discovery some resemblance has been found to exist between the physical conformation, the language, and the habits of the Indians of North America, and those of the Tongous, Mantchous, Mongols, Tartars, and other wandering tribes of Asia.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • In our monasteries the monks busied themselves in translating, copying, and even composing such poems—and even under the Tatars.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • It is maintained that it existed in ancient times in Russia also, but through the calamities which overtook Russia—the Tartars, civil war, the interruption of relations with the East after the destruction of Constantinople—this institution fell into oblivion.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • After we had passed over this desert, we found several garisons to defend the caravans from the violence of the Tartars.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • At his return, he told us he believed them to be Calmuc Tartars; and that there were more upon the desert.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • But our brave commander gallops up to them by himself, shot one dead, knocked another of his horse, while the third ran away; and thus ended our battle with the Tartars.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • In the mean while we loaded our pieces again, and sallying out, secured four or five of their horses, whose riders we found were killed, and perceived them to be Tartars.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • We set out from Pekin the beginning of February our stile; and in two days more, we passed through the gate of the great China wall, which was erected as a fortification against the Tartars, being one hundred English miles long.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • We then entered a country not near so populous, chiefly under the power of plundering Tartars, several companies of whom we perceived riding on poor starved horses, contemptible as themselves without order of discipline.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • My old pilot took notice of it, and called out, Seignor Inglise, those fellows must be encouraged, or they will ruin us all, and I am afraid if the Tartars attack us, they will all run away.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • When we came to the city of Jarawena, we rested five days, and then entered into a frightful desert, which held us twenty-three days march, infested with several small companies of robbers, or Mogul Tartars, who never had the courage to attack us.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • The city of Naum is a frontier of the Chinese empire, so fortified, as some will tell you, that millions of Tartars cannot batter down their walls; by which certainly one might think one of our cannons would do more execution than all their legions.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • When we were within a day’s march of that city, we had information that the governor had sent messengers to every part of the road, to inform the travellers and caravans to halt, till a guard was sent to protect them from the numerous bodies of Tartars that lately appeared about the city.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • The inhabitants here were very little better, though intermixed with the Muscovites, but the wonder will cease, when I inform my readers of what was observed to me, that the Czar rather converts the Tartars with soldiers than clergymen, and is more proud to make them faithful subjects, than good Christians.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • This news put us into great consternation; but, obeying the orders, we stopt; & two days after, there came two hundred soldiers from a garrison of the Chinese, and three hundred more from Naum; thus guarded both in the front and rear, with our own men in the flanks, we boldly advanced, thinking we were able to combat with ten thousand Mogul Tartars, if they appeared.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • One time our leader, for the day, gave us leave to go a hunting; but what do you think we hunted? only a parcel of sheep, which indeed exceeded any in the world for wildness and swiftness; but while we were pursuing this game, it was our chance to meet with about forty Tartars, who no sooner perceived us, but one of them blew a horn, at the sound of which there soon appeared a troop of forty or fifty more, at about a mile’s distance.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • We expected however to come to a closer engagement; but were happily saved by a cunning fellow, a Cossack, who obtaining leave of the leader to go out, mounts his horse, rides directly from our rear, and taking a circuit, comes up to the Tartars, as tho he had been sent express, and tells them a formal story, that the wretches who had burnt the Cham Chi-Thaungu, were gone to Shiheilka, with a resolution to burn the god Shal-Ifar, belonging to the Tongueses.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • As we could not pretend to force our way, we had recourse to a stratagem; we kindled a large fire, which burnt all night; and no sooner was it dark, but we pursued our journey towards the pole or north star, and travelling all night; by six o’clock in the morning we came to a Russian village called Kertza, and from thence came to a large town named Ozonzoys, where we heard that several troops of Calmuc Tartars had been abroad upon the desert, but that we were past all danger.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • But we had not gone far, before we were attacked by five Tartars, mounted on horseback, two of whom seized the man, took the camel from him, and rode away, while the other three approached us, the first of whom suddenly seized me as I was drawing my sword, the second; knocked me down, but my old trusty Portuguese taking a pistol out of his pocket, which I knew nothing of, and coming up to the fellow that struck me, he with one hand pulled him off his horse, and then shot him dead upon…
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
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