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ISBN13: 9780307266934
ISBN10: 0307266931
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"The new English version by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky is wonderful, a milestone of translation — but it should be taken more like a newly restored 35mm print of a film, with brighter colors and sharper sound." Alexander Nemser, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

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From Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the best-selling, award-winning translators of Anna Karenina and The Brothers Karamazov, comes a brilliant, engaging, and eminently readable translation of Leo Tolstoy's master epic.

War and Peace centers broadly on Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the best-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 behind his family 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 vividly 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.

Pevear and Volokhonsky have brought us this classic novel in a translation remarkable for its fidelity to Tolstoy's style and cadence and for its energetic, accessible prose. With stunning grace and precision, this new version of War and Peace is set to become the definitive English edition.

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"In sweep, grandeur and carnage, 'War and Peace' calls to mind the greatest cinematic epics — 'Gone with the Wind,' 'Lawrence of Arabia,' 'Dr. Zhivago.' The novel takes place against the backdrop of Napoleon's military operations in Europe between, roughly, 1805 and 1812. Tolstoy takes us onto the field at Austerlitz, through the battle of Borodino, to the burning of Moscow and, finally, into the... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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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

Synopsis:

From Pevear and Volokhonsky, the bestselling, award-winning translators of Anna Karenina and The Brothers Karamazov, comes a brilliant, engaging, and eminently readable translation of Tolstoy's master epic.

About the Author

Count Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) was born in central Russia. After serving in the Crimean War, he retired to his estate and devoted himself to writing, farming, and raising his large family. His novels and outspoken social polemics brought him world fame.

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Jocelyn98, March 26, 2011 (view all comments by Jocelyn98)
After some research my reading group has selected the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of War and Peace because it was judged the best translation. I wanted to read it on my iPad. I bought the ebook (P and V translation) from Borders twice. I have found that there are large chunks missing from the ebook. I also have a hard copy to compare with. Has anyone else found this and do the translators know that this has happened. If they don't how can we tell them and how can I get a complete ecopy. I can't get any joy from contacting Borders and telling them. They just refer me to the publishers and they refer me back to Borders. The translation is great as far as it goes. But when the rest of the group is reading a chapter that I don't have it is very disconcerting. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can get a complete etranslation.
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S Cohn, January 12, 2008 (view all comments by S Cohn)
I've waited a long time for such a good translation. Twice previously I had tried to read "War and Peace," but I thought the book sounded awfully Victorian, as if it were being translated by a 19th century English novelist. The emphasis seemed to be on romance and elegance. This brilliant translation by Pevear and Volokhonsky captures the Russian essence better than any I have read before. I can almost feel Tolstoy thinking. The characters sound more real, vividly memorable. Leaving the French passages in was a terrific move because the French was in the original. For those who know little French, the footnotes capture the meaning for you precisely. The sweep and scope of events, the mingling of nationalities, the foibles of individual characters are alive on the page. And the language is wonderful, and seems to capture the cadences that Tolstoy put into his original!!! I would also highly recommend reading Tino Georgiou's bestselling novel--The Fates--if you haven't yet!!
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Deborah Fochler, October 24, 2007 (view all comments by Deborah Fochler)
Absolutely Amazing. A novel that has stood the test of time. A classic for a reason. Not easy to read but most definitely worth the effort. The type of book that comes along once in a century. Should be required reading for all. I have read it more than once and each time I find myself utterly amazed. It inspires me and instills a tremendous love of books. A true rarity.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307266934
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Literary
Translator:
Pevear, Richard
Translator:
Volokhonsky, Larissa
Author:
Pevear, Richard
Author:
Volokhonsky, Larissa
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo Nikolayevich
Subject:
History
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Napoleonic wars, 1800-1815
Subject:
Russia History Alexander I, 1801-1825.
Subject:
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Campaigns.
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
October 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
1296
Dimensions:
9.52x6.54x2.48 in. 3.90 lbs.

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Product details 1296 pages Random House - English 9780307266934 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "The new English version by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky is wonderful, a milestone of translation — but it should be taken more like a newly restored 35mm print of a film, with brighter colors and sharper sound." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Review" by , "There remains the greatest of all novelists — for what else can we call the author of War and Peace?"
"Synopsis" by , From Pevear and Volokhonsky, the bestselling, award-winning translators of Anna Karenina and The Brothers Karamazov, comes a brilliant, engaging, and eminently readable translation of Tolstoy's master epic.
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