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''.
Tolstoy's life was defined by moral and artistic seeking and by conflict with himself and his surroundings. Of the old nobility, he began by living the usual, dissipated life of a man of his class; however, his inner compulsion for moral self-justification led him in a different direction. In 1851 he became a soldier in the Caucasus an...
Title:War And Peace
Product dimensions:9.2 X 5.6 X 1.4 in
Shipping dimensions:9.2 X 5.6 X 1.4 in
Published:January 17, 1996
Publisher:W.W. Norton & Company
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780393966473

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