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War and Peace (Signet Classics)

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Set against the sweeping panoply of Napoleon's invasion of Russia, War and Peace? presented here in the first new English translation in forty years?is often considered the greatest novel ever written. At its center are Pierre Bezukhov, searching for meaning in his life; cynical Prince Andrei, ennobled by wartime suffering; and Natasha Rostov, whose impulsiveness threatens to destroy her happiness. As Tolstoy follows the changing fortunes of his characters, he crafts a view of humanity that is both epic and intimate and that continues to define fiction at its most resplendent.

* Includes an introduction, note on the translation, cast of characters, maps, notes on the major battles depicted, and chapter summaries BACKCOVER: ?The best translation so far of Tolstoy's masterpiece into English.?

?Robert A. Maguire, professor emeritus of Russian studies, Columbia University

?In Tolstoy's work part of the translator's difficulty lies in conveying not only the simplicity but the subtlety of the book's scale and effect. . . . Briggs has rendered both with a particular exactness and a vigorous precision not to be found, I think, in any previous translation.?

?John Bayley, author of Elegy for Iris

Synopsis:

Set in the years leading up to and culminating in Napoleon's disastrous Russian invasion, this classic novel focuses upon an entire society torn by conflict and change. Here is humanity in all its innocence and corruption, wisdom and folly, painful defeats and enduring triumphs. Here is the seemingly effortless artistry of a master. Here, finally, is a view of history and personal destiny that is perpetually modern.

Synopsis:

Set against the sweeping panoply of Napoleons invasion of Russia, "War and Peace" is often considered the greatest novel ever written. This complete and unabridged edition features a new Introduction by Pat Conroy. Revised reissue.

About the Author

Count Leo Tolstoy was born on September 9, 1828, in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia. Orphaned at nine, he was brought up by an elderly aunt and educated by French tutors until he matriculated at Kazan University in 1844. In 1847, he gave up his studies and, after several aimless years, volunteered for military duty in the army, serving as a junior officer in the Crimean War before retiring in 1857. In 1862, Tolstoy married Sophie Behrs, a marriage that was to become, for him, bitterly unhappy. His diary, started in 1847, was used for self-study and self-criticism; it served as the source from which he drew much of the material that appeared not only in his great novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), but also in his shorter works. Seeking religious justification for his life, Tolstoy evolved a new Christianity based upon his own interpretation of the Gospels. Yasnaya Polyana became a mecca for his many converts At the age of eighty-two, while away from home, the writer suffered a break down in his health in Astapovo, Riazan, and he died there on November 20, 1910.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780451530547
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo
Publisher:
Signet Classics
Introduction by:
Conroy, Pat
Introduction:
Conroy, Pat
Author:
Hockenberry, John
Author:
Bayley, John
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo Nikolayevich
Author:
Conroy, Pat
Author:
Dunnigan, Ann
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
History
Subject:
Napoleonic wars, 1800-1815
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Series:
Signet Classics
Publication Date:
20120703
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
1456
Dimensions:
7 x 4.46 x 2.14 in 1.34 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 1456 pages Signet Classics - English 9780451530547 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
Set in the years leading up to and culminating in Napoleon's disastrous Russian invasion, this classic novel focuses upon an entire society torn by conflict and change. Here is humanity in all its innocence and corruption, wisdom and folly, painful defeats and enduring triumphs. Here is the seemingly effortless artistry of a master. Here, finally, is a view of history and personal destiny that is perpetually modern.
"Synopsis" by , Set against the sweeping panoply of Napoleons invasion of Russia, "War and Peace" is often considered the greatest novel ever written. This complete and unabridged edition features a new Introduction by Pat Conroy. Revised reissue.
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