War and Peace   -     By: Leo Tolstoy, Constance Garnett
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War and Peace

Random House, Inc / 1994 / Hardcover

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Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of Russian spirit. Yet the book was not immediately or universally recognized by readers as a world classic when it was published in installments between 1865 and 1869. In fact, dedicated craftsment of the novel--Turgenev, Flaubert, Henry James--all deprecated what they considered to be the totally formless nature of the work.
Nevertheless, Tolstoy's genius is seen clearly in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle--all of them fully realized and equally memorable. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual's place in the historical process, one that makes it clear why Thomas Mann praised Tolstoy for his Homeric powers and placed War and Peace in the same category as the Iliad.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 1994
Dimensions: 8 1/4 X 5 1/2 X 2 1/4 (inches)
ISBN: 0679600841
ISBN-13: 9780679600848
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Description

From the award-winning translators of Anna Karenina and The Brothers Karamazov comes this magnificent new translation of Tolstoy's mastwerwork.

War and Peace broadly focuses on Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men.

As Napoleon's army invades, Tolstoy brilliantly follows characters from diverse backgrounds—peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers—as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving—and human—figures in world literature. Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

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Author Bio

A. N. Wilson is an award-winning novelist, biographer, and journalist, and the author of God’s Funeral and the biographies C. S. Lewis, Paul, and Jesus. He lives in London.

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“There remains the greatest of all novelists—for what else can we call the author of War and Peace?” —Virginia Woolf

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