TOLSTOY WAR AND PEACE Author:Leo Tolstoy WAR AND PEACE — War and Peace is quite probably the greatest novel ever written. It stands alone in its vast scope and minute detail, its immense diversity and final unity. Set in the years leading up to and culminating in napoleon?s disastrous Russian invasion, the novel focuses upon an entire society torn by conflict and change. Pierre Bezuk... more »hov, an alienated intellectual trying to find his place in his native land; Prince Andrei, a gallant aristocrat tortured by self-doubt; and Natasha Rostov, a bewitching, romantic girl growing into womanhood, play leading roles in a gallery of characters ranging from Napoleon himself to the most humble Russian peasant. Here is humanity in all its innocence and corruption, wisdom and folly, painful defeats and enduring triumphs. Here is the seemingly effortless artistry of a master capable of portraying with equal power the clash of armies and the solitary anguish of the heart. Here, finally, is a view of history and personal destiny that is ? ad John Bayley writes in his Introduction to Ann Dunnigan?s brilliant new translation ? ?perpetually modern. War and Peace combines the serenity of the past with the second-by second process of living at the latest moment in our lives?
A New Translation by Ann Dunnigan With and Introduction by John Bayley« less