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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace is an epic novel by Leo Tolstoy, first published from to in Russki Vestnik, which tells the story of Russian society during the Napoleonic Era. It is usually described as one of Tolstoy's two major masterpieces the other being Anna Karenina as well as one of the world's greatest novels. War and Peace offered a new kind of fiction, with a great many characters caught up in a plot that covered nothing less than the grand subjects indicated by the title, combined with the equally large topics of youth, age and marriage. While today it is considered a novel, it broke so many novelistic conventions of its day that many critics of Tolstoy's time did not consider it as such. Tolstoy himself considered Anna Karenina to be his first attempt at a novel in the European sense.
Widely considered to be one of the greatest books ever written, it is extraordinarily detailed and complex. The reader is introduced to the events leading up to the invasion through the eyes of five prominent families of the Russian aristocracy, introduced at a dinner party in St. The year is , and war is brewing in Western Europe, as Napoleon conquers countries one after the other. The fear among the aristocracy is growing, and the interplay among the noble families is as much a theme of the novel as the historical setting of the war. Available for your computer and your mobile device.
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