War and PeaceBook - 2006
Widely considered the greatest novel ever written in any language, War and Peace has as its backdrop Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and at its heart three of the most memorable characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, a quixotic young man in search of spiritual joy; Prince Andrey Bolkonsky, a cynical intellectual transformed by the suffering of war; and the bewitching and impulsive Natasha Rostov, daughter of a count. As they seek fulfillment, fall in love, make mistakes, and become scarred by battle in different ways, these characters and their stories interweave with those of a huge cast, from aristocrats to peasants, from soldiers to Napoleon himself.
In this first English translation in more than forty years, Anthony Briggs faithfully reveals Tolstoy’s art in stirring prose, clearing up ambiguities that have plagued many modern translations. This volume also includes an afterword by eminent historian Orlando Figes, a list of characters, descriptions of the three main battles, chapter summaries, and notes. Both epic and intimate, a compassionate portrait of humanity and an engrossing read, this is the War and Peace of choice for a whole new generation.
Baker & Taylor
A major new translation of the classic work interweaves the stories of an idealist, a cynical intellectual, and a count's daughter against a backdrop of Napoleon's invasion of Russia, in a volume that attempts to resolve ambiguities of other modern translations and is complemented by character listings, battle descriptions, and chapter summaries. 25,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer
At a lavish party in St. Petersburg in 1805, amid the glittering crystal and chandeliers, the room buzzes with talk of the prospect of war. Soon battle and terror will engulf the country, and the destinies of its people will be changed forever. War and Peace has as its backdrop Napoleon's invasion of Russia and at its heart three of literature's most memorable characters: Pierre Bezukhov, a quixotic young man in search of life's meaning; Prince Andrey Bolkonsky, a cynical intellectual transformed by suffering in war; and the bewitching Natasha Rostov, whose impulsiveness threatens to destroy her happiness. As they seek fulfillment, fall in love, make mistakes, and become scarred by conflict in different ways, these characters and their stories interweave with those of a huge cast, from aristocrats to peasants, from soldiers to Napoleon himself. Battles, love affairs, births, deaths, changing family fortunes, unforgettable scenes of wolf hunts, Russian dancing, starlit troika rides, the great comet of 1812 - the entire spectrum of human life is here in all its grandeur and imperfection.
In his new translation, Anthony Briggs renders Tolstoy's masterwork in prose both accessible and faithful to the original Russian.
The monumental Russian classic reflects the life and times of Russian society during the Napoleonic War.
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This translation of War and Peace gives life to one of the best pieces of literature written by Leo Tolstoy. Anthony Briggs does a great job choosing words to convey what is being said, and nothing is vague or hard to understand. This is by far the easiest to read and understand copy of War and Peace that I have come across.
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We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.
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