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War and Peace

By Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy digital book - Fable

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Against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, five aristocratic families in Russia are transformed by the vagaries of life, by war, and by the intersection of their lives with each other. Hundreds of characters populate War and Peace, many of them historical persons, including Napoleon and Tsar Alexander I, and all of them come to life under Tolstoy’s deft hand.

War and Peace is generally considered to be Tolstoy’s masterpiece, a pinnacle of Russian literature, and one of history’s great novels. Tolstoy himself refused to call it that, saying it was “not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less a historical chronicle.” It contains elements of history, narrative, and philosophy, the latter increasing in quantity as the book moves towards its climax. Whatever it is called, it is a triumph whose breadth and depth is perhaps unmatched in literature.

This production restores the Russian given names that were anglicized by the Maudes in their translation, the use of Russian patronymics and diminutives that they eliminated, and Tolstoy’s original four-book structure.

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“It feels WEIRD to mark this book as “finished.” And that’s not because it took me ten months to go through it at a savouring and contemplative pace, nor is it because alone mentioning War and Peace usually results in reactions like, “oh, get out—not THAT hefty, dusty thing!” (The A. Briggs translation is actually an astonishingly smooth, fun and approachable read—similarly to R. Buss’ translation of The Count of Monte Cristo.) What makes marking it as finished so strange is that I already know I’ll never be truly finished with this book. It’s one that gets to you, that lingers, that leaves its handprint on your soul with the beautifully faulty and authentic characters that feel more alive than some actual people do. It’s a book you actually befriend, that you seek comfort in, that you turn to for unravelling life’s biggest questions again and again, that you can hug during good days and cuddle even more fiercely during those days that are nothing but dark. I started reading with another reader’s promise this was a therapeutic book, maybe even THE therapeutic book to constantly engage in during times of trouble, and having turned the last page, I can only agree. What a masterpiece!”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingEasy to read

About Leo Tolstoy

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой, 9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7 November] 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906 and for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902, and 1909. That he never won is a major controversy.

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