War And Peace

War And Peace

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Classics & Modern Classics
Paperback Published on: 27/09/2007
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Synopsis

At a glittering society party in St Petersburg in 1805, conversations are dominated by the prospect of war. Terror swiftly engulfs the country as Napoleon's army marches on Russia, and the lives of three young people are changed forever. The stories of quixotic Pierre, cynical Andrey and impetuous Natasha interweave with a huge cast, from aristocrats and peasants to soldiers and Napoleon himself.

In War and Peace, Tolstoy entwines grand themes - conflict and love, birth and death, free will and faith - with unforgettable scenes of nineteenth-century Russia, to create a magnificent epic of human life in all its imperfection and grandeur.

Anthony Briggs's superb translation combines stirring, accessible prose with fidelity to Tolstoy's original, while Orlando Figes's afterword discusses the novel's vast scope and depiction of Russian identity. This edition also contains appendices, notes, a list of prominent characters and maps.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was born at Yasnaya Polyana, in central Russia. After marrying Sofya Behrs in 1862, Tolstoy settled down, managing his estates and writing two of his best-known novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1878). In 1884 Tolstoy experienced a spiritual crisis, becoming an extreme moralist, rejecting the state, the church and private property. His last novel, Resurrection (1900), was written to raise money for the Doukhobor sect of Christian spiritualists.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780140447934
  • Number of pages: 1440
  • Weight: 969g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 60 mm

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War And Peace
Epic Drama
A mind-blowing tour de force of early 19th century Russia ! Powerful characterisation, family drama, war, history, peace, comedy - this book has it all in ... READ MORE
Sophie Jerram
War And Peace
A Russian Classic?
Firstly I suppose we should address that perennial issue of length. 'War and Peace' is not a particularly long novel and is extremely readable, once you've... READ MORE
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