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Publisher Comments:

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

 

Synopsis:

War and Peace tells the story of five families struggling for survival during Napoleon's invasion of Russia. Among its many unforgettable characters is Prince Andrey Bolkonsky, who, despising the artifice of high society, joins the army to achieve glory. The novel's other hero, the bumbling Pierre Bezukhov, tries to find meaning in life through a series of philosophical systems. He at last discovers the Tolstoyan truth that wisdom is to be found not in systems but in the ordinary processes of daily life. Both an intimate study of individual passions and an epic historical novel, War and Peace is nothing less than a complete portrait of human existence.

Synopsis:

One of Penguin Classics's most popular translations- now also in our elegant black spine dress

Synopsis:

"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

Count Leo Tolstoy
(1828-1910) was the author of two of literature's greatest novels, War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

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

Orlando Figes is the prizewinning author of A People's Tragedy and Natasha's Dance. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New York Review of Books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670034697
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Translator:
Briggs, Anthony
Author:
Figes, Orlando
Author:
Briggs, Anthony
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo Nikolayevich
Afterword by:
Figes, Orlando
Afterword:
Figes, Orlando
Subject:
History
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Napoleonic wars, 1800-1815
Subject:
Historical
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 Editio
Publication Date:
20090224
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
1440
Dimensions:
9.20x6.72x2.59 in. 3.90 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , War and Peace tells the story of five families struggling for survival during Napoleon's invasion of Russia. Among its many unforgettable characters is Prince Andrey Bolkonsky, who, despising the artifice of high society, joins the army to achieve glory. The novel's other hero, the bumbling Pierre Bezukhov, tries to find meaning in life through a series of philosophical systems. He at last discovers the Tolstoyan truth that wisdom is to be found not in systems but in the ordinary processes of daily life. Both an intimate study of individual passions and an epic historical novel, War and Peace is nothing less than a complete portrait of human existence.
"Synopsis" by ,
One of Penguin Classics's most popular translations- now also in our elegant black spine dress

"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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