War and Peace (Penguin Clothbound Classics) (Hardcover)

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By Leo Tolstoy, Anthony Briggs (Translated by), Anthony Briggs (Introduction by), Orlando Figes (Afterword by), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)
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Tolstoy famously did NOT classify War and Peace as a "novel". He mixes fiction with history, philosophy, etc. for this masterpiece. There are polarizing opinions about Pevear and Volokhonsky's translations, but their version of War and Peace is closer than others to the experience of reading in Russian. For those interested in tackling this 1000+ page beast for the first time, this one's for you.

— Arya


A stunning clothbound Hardcover Classics edition of Tolstoy’s great novel, one of the undisputed masterpieces of world literature. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
At a glittering society party in St. Petersburg in 1805, conversations are dominated by the prospect of war. Terror swiftly engulfs the country as Napoleon’s army marches on Russia, and the lives of three young people are changed forever. The stories of quixotic Pierre, cynical Andrey, and impetuous Natasha interweave with a huge cast, from aristocrats and peasants, to soldiers and Napoleon himself. In War and Peace, Tolstoy entwines grand themes—conflict and love, birth and death, free will and fate—with unforgettable scenes of nineteenth-century Russia, to create a magnificent epic of human life in all its imperfection and grandeur.
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.

About the Author

Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) was born in central Russia. After serving in the Crimean War, he retired to his estate and devoted himself to writing, farming, and raising his large family. His novels and outspoken social polemics brought him world fame.
Anthony Briggs (translator) has written, translated, or edited twenty books in the fields of Russian and English literature.
Orlando Figes (introduction) is the prizewinning author of A People’s Tragedy and Natasha’s Dance. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the New York Review of Books.

Praise For…

“There remains the greatest of all novelists—for what else can we call the author of War and Peace?” —Virginia Woolf
Product Details
ISBN: 9780241265543
ISBN-10: 0241265541
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: March 14th, 2017
Pages: 1440
Language: English
Series: Penguin Clothbound Classics