War and Peace

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War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature. War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events surrounding the French invasion of Russia, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families. The novel can be generally classified as historical fiction. It contains elements present in many types of popular 18th and 19th century literature, especially the romance novel. War and Peace attains its literary status by transcending genres. Tolstoy was instrumental in bringing a new kind of consciousness to the novel. His narrative structure is noted for its "god-like" ability to hover over and within events, but also in the way it swiftly and seamlessly portrayed a particular character's point of view. His use of visual detail is often cinematic in its scope, using the literary equivalents of panning, wide shots and close-ups, to give dramatic interest to battles and ballrooms alike. These devices, while not exclusive to Tolstoy, are part of the new style of the novel that arose in the mid-19th century and of which Tolstoy proved himself a master. War and Peace tells the story of five aristocratic families—the Bezukhovs, the Bolkonskys, the Rostovs, the Kuragins and the Drubetskoys—and the entanglements of their personal lives with the then contemporary history of 1805 to 1813, principally Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812. The Bezukhovs, while very rich, are a fragmented family as the old Count, Kirill Vladimirovich, has fathered dozens of illegitimate sons. The Bolkonskys are an old established and wealthy family based at Bald Hills. Old Prince Bolkonsky, Nikolai Andreevich, served as a general under Catherine the Great, in earlier wars. The Moscow Rostovs have many estates, but never enough cash. They are a closely knit, loving family who live for the moment regardless of their financial situation. The Kuragin family has three children, who are all of questionable character. The Drubetskoy family is of impoverished nobility, and consists of an elderly mother and her only son, Boris, whom she wishes to push up the career ladder.
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An alternative version – the one Tolstoy originally intended, but has been hitherto unpublished – of Russia’s most famous novel; with a different ending, fewer digressions and an altered view of Napoleon – it’s time to look afresh at one of the world’s favourite books.

‘War and Peace’ is a masterpiece – a panoramic portrait of Russian society and its descent into the Napoleonic Wars which for over a century has inspired reverential devotion among its readers.

This version is certain to provoke controversy and devotion in equal measures. A ‘first draft’ of the epic version known to all, it was completed in 1866 but never published. A closely guarded secret for a century and a half, the unveiling of the original version of ‘War and Peace’, with an ending different to that we all know, is of huge significance to students of Tolstoy. But it is also sure to prove fascinating to the general reader who will find it an invigorating and absorbing read. Free of the solemn philosophical wanderings, the drama and tragedy of this sweeping tale is reinforced. His characters remain central throughout, emphasising their own personal journeys, their loves and passions, their successes and failures and their own personal tragedies.

500 pages shorter, this is historical fiction at its most vivid and vital, and readers will marvel anew at Tolstoy’s unique ability to conjure the lives and souls of Russia and the Russians in all their glory. For devotees who long for more, for those who struggled and didn’t quite make it to the end, or for those who have always wanted to know what all the fuss is about, this is essential reading.

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BookRix
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Published on
Jun 27, 2019
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Pages
2250
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ISBN
9783736801363
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English
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Fiction / General
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Believed by many to be the greatest novelist the world has known, the Russian Master’s work is of paramount importance. This definitive Edition of Tolstoy’s oeuvre has every translated novel, short story, novella and play written by Leo Tolstoy. One of our most popular eBooks – now you can own the great Master of Realist fiction. (Version 3)

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Including:
* ALL 12 novels with professional formatting
* plus RARE unfinished novels, like ‘The Decembrists’ which Tolstoy intended to be a sequel to the great ‘War and Peace’
* brief but informative introductions to all of the novels
* Attractive images relating to Tolstoy’s life and works throughout the eBook
* ALL the short stories that have been translated into English
* features a bonus selection of non-fiction texts, including Tolstoy’s Journal
* ALL of the plays
* special Main Character pages for ‘War and Peace’ and ‘Anna Karenina’ to aid reading these large novels
* improved translations of the short stories, in response to a customer review
* includes contents tables for each novel and play, allowing easy navigation around the massive file
* special literary criticism section, with 9 different essays examining Tolstoy’s contribution to literature
* two biographies on Tolstoy, by his wife and son


Contents

The Novels and Novellas
CHILDHOOD
BOYHOOD
YOUTH
FAMILY HAPPINESS
THE COSSACKS
WAR AND PEACE
ANNA KARENINA
THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYCH
THE KREUTZER SONATA.
RESURRECTION
THE FORGED COUPON
HADJI MURAD

The Unfinished Novels
THE DECEMBRISTS
A MORNING OF A LANDED PROPRIETOR

The Short Stories
LIST OF STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Plays
THE POWER OF DARKNESS
THE FRUITS OF CULTURE
REDEMPTION
THE CAUSE OF IT ALL
THE FIRST DISTILLER
THE LIGHT SHINES IN DARKNESS
LIVE CORPSE

Selected Non-Fiction
A CONFESSION
KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU
WHAT THEN MUST WE DO?
ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SCIENCE AND ART
BETHINK YOURSELVES!
MOSCOW CENSUS
TOLSTOY ON SHAKESPEARE
TOLSTOY’S JOURNAL

The Criticism
TOLSTOY THE ARTIST by Ivan Panin
TOLSTOY THE PREACHER by Ivan Panin
Extract from ‘MY LITERARY PASSIONS’ by William Dean Howells
Extract from ‘ESSAYS ON RUSSIAN NOVELISTS’ by William Lyon Phelps
RUSSIAN ROMANCE by Earl of Evelyn Baring Cromer
Extracts from ‘A SURVEY OF RUSSIAN LITERATURE’ by Isabel Florence Hapgood
Extract from ‘AN OUTLINE OF RUSSIAN LITERATURE’ by Maurice Baring
THE RUSSIAN POINT OF VIEW by Virginia Woolf
Extract from ‘PROPHETS OF DISSENT’ by Otto Heller

The Biographies
REMINISCENCES OF TOLSTOY by Ilya Tolstoy
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF COUNTESS TOLSTOY

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