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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
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
About The Author
One of the great masters of the 19th-century novel, Tolstoy created a sweeping epic in War and Peace which folds together huge events in history and politics with the emotional lives of individuals. But it was his deeply spiritual outlook that made him an icon.
"There remains the greatest of all novelists--for what else can we call the author of War and Peace?" --Virginia Woolf There remains the greatest of all novelists for what else can we call the author of War and Peace? Virginia Woolf"
Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 1408
Published: 1st December 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.39 x 14.17 x 6.05
Weight (kg): 1.42