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War and Peace

by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Ann Dunnigan
Introduction by John Bayley

January 1, 1981 | Mass Market Paperbound

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In Russia''s struggle with Napoleon, Tolstoy saw a tragedy that involved all mankind. Yet while his historical vision ranged beyond national frontiers, his imaginative vision focused, with extraordinary intensity, on the lives of individuals, on the physical reality of human experience and its bewildering complexity. Greater than a historical chronicle, War and Peace is an affirmation of life itself, ''a complete picture'', as a contemporary reviewer put it, ''of everything in which people find their happiness and greatness, their grief and humiliation''.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1456 pages, 6.86 × 4.22 × 2.03 in

Published: January 1, 1981

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451523261

ISBN - 13: 9780451523266

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War and Peace

by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Ann Dunnigan
Introduction by John Bayley

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1456 pages, 6.86 × 4.22 × 2.03 in

Published: January 1, 1981

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451523261

ISBN - 13: 9780451523266

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In Russia''s struggle with Napoleon, Tolstoy saw a tragedy that involved all mankind. Yet while his historical vision ranged beyond national frontiers, his imaginative vision focused, with extraordinary intensity, on the lives of individuals, on the physical reality of human experience and its bewildering complexity. Greater than a historical chronicle, War and Peace is an affirmation of life itself, ''a complete picture'', as a contemporary reviewer put it, ''of everything in which people find their happiness and greatness, their grief and humiliation''.

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.

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