War and Peace by Lev Nicolaievici Tolstoi

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

The novel that paints in vivid colors the society and life in Russia, War and Peace is truly a climax of the realistic novel, along with the masterpiece Anna Karenina, both written by the Russian author Lev Nicolaievici Tolstoi.

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War and Peace is considered the greatest novel ever written, remarkable by complexity and unity. On its large canvas are woven the stories of 580 characters, some of which are historical and other fictitious. The story moves from the family life plan to the headquarters of Napoleon, from the court of Tsar Alexander I of Russia on the battlefield of Austerlitz and Borodino. The novel was written in order to explore Tolstoy’s theory of history, especially on the insignificance of individuals such Napoleon or Alexander. It was published in 1869 and includes four volumes each with many chapters.

Surprisingly, Tolstoy did not consider War and Peace to be a novel, as he did not deemed the great works of Russian fiction written up to that point as being novels. For the author, his work was an epic poem in prose. If you are interested in reading this book, you can find several translations into English and other languages.