War and Peace

Tolstoy, Leo

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Napoleon’s invasion of Russia forms the backdrop for Tolstoy’s literary masterpiece. Often considered the greatest novel in any language, ‘War and Peace’ is also a philosophical meditation on the tension between free will and fate.

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A beautiful Penguin Classics clothbound edition of Tolstoy’s magnificent epic novel of love, conflict, fate and human life in all its imperfection and grandeur

At a glittering society party in St Petersburg in 1805, conversations are dominated by the prospect of war. Terror swiftly engulfs the country as Napoleon’s army marches on Russia, and the lives of three young people are changed forever. The stories of quixotic Pierre, cynical Andrey and impetuous Natasha interweave with a huge cast, from aristocrats and peasants to soldiers and Napoleon himself. In War and Peace, Tolstoy entwines grand themes – conflict and love, birth and death, free will and faith – with unforgettable scenes of nineteenth-century Russia, to create a magnificent epic of human life in all its imperfection and grandeur.

Translated with an introduction and notes by Anthony Briggs, and with an afterword by Orlando Figes

Anthony Briggs’s superb translation combines stirring, accessible prose with fidelity to Tolstoy’s original, while Orlando Figes’s afterword discusses the novel’s vast scope and depiction of Russian identity. This edition also contains appendices, notes, a list of prominent characters and maps.

‘A masterpiece … This new translation is excellent’ – Anthony Beevor

Additional information

Weight 1213 g
Dimensions 204 × 138 × 62 mm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

xxv, 1399

Language

English

Edition

Reprint

Dewey

891.733 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K