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War and Peace
By Anthony Briggs (trans), Orlando Figes ( (other contributor)) and Leo Tolstoy
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin Classics
Publication date February 24, 2009
Pages 1399
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140447934
ISBN-10 0140447938
Dimensions 2.50 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 2.15 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $20.00
Summaries and Reviews
In 1805, conversations are dominated by the prospect of war. Terror swiftly engulfs the country as Napoleon's army marches on Russia. This work entwines themes of conflict and love, birth and death, free will and fate - with scenes of nineteenth-century Russia, to create an epic of human life in all its imperfection and grandeur. description: Product Description: Antony's Brigg's acclaimed translation of Tolstoy's great Russian epic. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Set against the sweeping panoply of Napoleon's invasion of Russia, War and Peace—presented here in the first new English translation in forty years—is often considered the greatest novel ever written. At its center are Pierre Bezukhov, searching for meaning in his life; cynical Prince Andrei, ennobled by wartime suffering; and Natasha Rostov, whose impulsiveness threatens to destroy her happiness. As Tolstoy follows the changing fortunes of his characters, he crafts a view of humanity that is both epic and intimate and that continues to define fiction at its most resplendent.

This edition includes an introduction, note on the translation, cast of characters, maps, notes on the major battles depicted, and chapter summaries.

Praise for Antony Brigg's translation of War and Peace:

"The best translation so far of Tolstoy's masterpiece into English."
-Robert A. Maguire, professor emeritus of Russian studies, Columbia University

"In Tolstoy's work part of the translator's difficulty lies in conveying not only the simplicity but the subtlety of the book's scale and effect. . . . Briggs has rendered both with a particular exactness and a vigorous precision not to be found, I think, in any previous translation."
-John Bayley, author of Elegy for Iris

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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With Leo Tolstoy, Orlando Figes (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Penguin Classics (February 24, 2009)
9780140447934 | details & prices | 1399 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 2.50 in. | 2.15 lbs | List price $20.00
About: In 1805, conversations are dominated by the prospect of war.
With Leo Tolstoy | from Gardners Books (May 25, 2006)
9780141025117 | details & prices | 1408 pages | 4.50 × 7.00 × 2.00 in. | 1.85 lbs | List price $16.45
About: Describing family life set against the backdrop of war, this novel follows the fortunes of the Bolkonsky and Rostov families as Napoleon's armies sweep through Europe, invade Russia and end in Napoleon's defeat.
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With Leo Tolstoy | Reprint edition from Paw Prints (April 9, 2009)
9781439580363 | details & prices | 1440 pages | List price $27.00
About: 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.

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