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0199232768 / 9780199232765
Paperback
14/10/2010
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United Kingdom
Classics
22 cm 1392 p. : maps
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Quiz No: 200468, Points 118.00, Book Level 10.10,
Upper Years - Key Stage 3 Learn More
Reprint. This ed. of this translation originally published: 1983.

'If life could write, it would write like Tolstoy.' Isaac BabelTolstoy'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 ina 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 maritalrelations and scenes of domesticity is as truthful and poignant as the grand themes that underlie them. In this revised and updated version of the definitive and highly acclaimed Maude translation, Tolstoy's genius and the power of his prose are made newly available to the contemporary reader.

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FC Classic fiction (pre c 1945), FYT Fiction in translation

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