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Literature and Fiction Classics
From Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the
best-selling, award-winning translators of Anna Karenina and
The Brothers Karamazov, comes a brilliant, engaging, and
eminently readable translation of Leo Tolstoyâ€™s master epic.
War and Peace centers broadly on Napoleonâ€™s invasion of
Russia in 1812 and follows three of the best-known
characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate
son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and
yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky,
who leaves behind his family to fight in the war against
Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter
of a nobleman, who intrigues both men. As Napoleonâ€™s army
invades, Tolstoy vividly follows characters from diverse
backgroundsâ€”peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiersâ€”as
they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their
history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses,
these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some
of the most movingâ€”and humanâ€”figures in world literature.
Pevear and Volokhonsky have brought us this classic novel in
a translation remarkable for its fidelity to Tolstoyâ€™s style
and cadence and for its energetic, accessible prose. With
stunning grace and precision, this new version of War and
Peace is set to become the definitive English edition.
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