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War and Peace (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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ISBN13: 9780143039990
ISBN10: 0143039997
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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

"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

 

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"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

About the Author

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was the author of Anna Karenina and War and Peace, as well as many short stories and essays.

Anthony Briggs has written, translated, or edited twenty books in the field of Russian and English literature.

Orlando Figes, a professor of history at the University of London, is the author of A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924.

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Severin, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Severin)
I really enjoyed this translation of War and Peace. The other copy I own did not strive as diligently to preserve the literary style as this edition does. I do not read Russian, so who knows if this translation is actually a better one or not. Regardless I feel that the meaning behind the work, as well as the readability and enjoyability, make this edition of War and Peace a great winter read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143039990
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Briggs, Anthony
Introduction by:
Figes, Orlando
Introduction:
Figes, Orlando
Author:
Figes, Orlando
Author:
Briggs, Anthony
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo Nikolayevich
Author:
Figes, Professor Orlando
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
History
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Napoleonic wars, 1800-1815
Subject:
Russia History Alexander I, 1801-1825.
Subject:
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Campaigns.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
1424
Dimensions:
8.42x5.58x2.38 in. 3.14 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , "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

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