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War and Peace - Oxford World's Classics Hardback Collection (Hardback)
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War and Peace - Oxford World's Classics Hardback Collection (Hardback)

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Hardback 1392 Pages / Published: 28/09/2017
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I don't understand it; I don't in the least understand why men can't live without wars. How is it that we women don't want anything of the kind, don't need it? Tolstoy's epic masterpiece intertwines the lives of private and public individuals during the time of the Napoleonic wars and the French invasion of Russia. The fortunes of the Rostovs and the Bolkonskys, of Pierre, Natasha, and Andrei, are intimately connected with the national history that is played out in parallel with their lives. Balls and soirees alternate with councils of war and the machinations of statesmen and generals, scenes of violent battles with everyday human passions in a work whose extraordinary imaginative power has never been surpassed. The prodigious cast of characters, both great and small, seem to act and move as if connected by threads of destiny as the novel relentlessly questions ideas of free will, fate, and providence. Yet Tolstoy's portrayal of marital relations and scenes of domesticity is as truthful and poignant as the grand themes that underlie them. In this definitive and highly acclaimed Maude translation, Tolstoy's genius and the power of his prose are made newly available to the contemporary reader. In addition this edition includes a new introduction by Amy Mandelker, revised and expanded notes, lists of fictional and historical characters, a chronology of historical events, five maps, and Tolstoy's essay 'Some Words about War and Peace'.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198800545
Number of pages: 1392
Weight: 1167 g
Dimensions: 225 x 146 x 67 mm


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"Oxford University Press recently added three of the most acclaimed czarist era novels to its Classics Hardback Collection: Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and War and Peace and Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment. Each is a new translation prefaced lucidly by an acclaimed scholar in the field. Both Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, though in increasingly different yet overlapping ways, stirred profound debates on pressing philosophical and spiritual questions, essentially, how to live, especially in a world of accelerating change." - The Shepherd Express


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“War and Peace”

Tolstoy, Tolstoy and more Tolstoy, is who I recommend to anyone who asks for some of the best writers; and War and Peace is simply his best. This novel has enough stories and main characters to satisfy your every... More

Paperback edition
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“Don't delay!!”

A gripping story, full of believable characters. The scenes of Russian society are reflective of what it must have been like to live in a small, close, stifling society. The war scenes give a real idea of the tedium,... More

Paperback edition
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“War and Peace”

I admittedly starting reading "War and Peace" partly on a bit of a dare, partly because it had lingered on the family bookcase, ignored for generations it appeared.In spite of these less than honest... More

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