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War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature. It is considered Tolstoy's finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work Anna Karenina (1873–1877). War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events surrounding the Fren War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature. It is considered Tolstoy's finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work Anna Karenina (1873–1877). 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. Portions of an earlier version of the novel, then known as The Year 1805, were serialized in the magazine The Russian Messenger between 1865 and 1867. The novel was first published in its entirety in 1869. Newsweek in 2009 ranked it first in its list of the Top 100 Books. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 20 on the BBC's survey The Big Read. Tolstoy himself, somewhat enigmatically, said of War and Peace that it was "not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less a historical chronicle". Large sections of the work, especially in the later chapters, are philosophical discussion rather than narrative. He went on to elaborate that the best Russian literature does not conform to standard norms and hence hesitated to call War and Peace a novel. (Instead, Tolstoy regarded Anna Karenina as his first true novel.)


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War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature. It is considered Tolstoy's finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work Anna Karenina (1873–1877). War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events surrounding the Fren War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature. It is considered Tolstoy's finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work Anna Karenina (1873–1877). 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. Portions of an earlier version of the novel, then known as The Year 1805, were serialized in the magazine The Russian Messenger between 1865 and 1867. The novel was first published in its entirety in 1869. Newsweek in 2009 ranked it first in its list of the Top 100 Books. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 20 on the BBC's survey The Big Read. Tolstoy himself, somewhat enigmatically, said of War and Peace that it was "not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less a historical chronicle". Large sections of the work, especially in the later chapters, are philosophical discussion rather than narrative. He went on to elaborate that the best Russian literature does not conform to standard norms and hence hesitated to call War and Peace a novel. (Instead, Tolstoy regarded Anna Karenina as his first true novel.)

30 review for War and Peace: (Annotated with short biography)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mεδ Rεδħα

    ..."Eh bien, mon prince, Gênes et Lucques ne sont plus que des apanages, des domaines de la famille Buonaparte". Prononcés en français, ces mots par lesquels une grande dame de Saint-Pétersbourg accueille un ami au mois de juin 1805 nous plongent d'emblée dans l'atmosphère des salons aristocratiques. Mais ils nous disent aussi que, passé les scènes de la vie domestique et mondaine, le véritable sujet du roman sera l'Histoire et les hostilités entre la France de Napoléon et la Russie d'Alexandre ..."Eh bien, mon prince, Gênes et Lucques ne sont plus que des apanages, des domaines de la famille Buonaparte". Prononcés en français, ces mots par lesquels une grande dame de Saint-Pétersbourg accueille un ami au mois de juin 1805 nous plongent d'emblée dans l'atmosphère des salons aristocratiques. Mais ils nous disent aussi que, passé les scènes de la vie domestique et mondaine, le véritable sujet du roman sera l'Histoire et les hostilités entre la France de Napoléon et la Russie d'Alexandre I er. En écrivant La Guerre et la Paix qui paraît de 1865 à 1869, Tolstoï fait concurrence à l'historien : il puise ses informations aux sources les plus sûres sans renoncer aux pouvoirs de l'imagination qui ouvre à une vérité supérieure. Et cette vérité-là désacralise les grands hommes : les événements qu'ils croient susciter, ils ne font que leur obéir. Au-delà de l'Histoire, enfin, reste la vie elle-même : inconnaissable, et l'évocation de sa complexité donne aussi tout son prix au roman.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Markus

    Un des piliers de ma bibliothèque. J'aime le style d’écriture de Tolstoï, beau, simple, clair et facile a lire. Les parties descriptif de la guerre Napoléonienne, sans doute proche de la réalité historique, ont été pour moi un grand enrichissement. Les parties Paix, descriptifs de la vie social des familles aristocratiques sont un agréable divertissement.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ingrid Taylor-Moss

    Many small people lost in big history.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Axelle

    Monumental et formidable.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pontus Noren

    Amazing and amazingly long... This is an incredible story which both covers the macro view of the geopolitical situation during the Napoleonic era as well as gives us a view of how it was on the ground from primarily the nobility’s perspective but also the common men and women. Extremely well written with imagery which makes you feel like you are part of the story. Worth persisting through nearly 600,000 words.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julie Mgt

    C'est long ! J'ai cru ne jamais arriver au bout... Mais ça reste une fresque intéressante... J'ai particulièrement apprécié les passages où l'auteur nous parle des points de vue des historiens français et russes concernant cette guerre. Je pense que la traduction ne sert pas toujours l'auteur ni le roman. Malgré tout, ça reste une lecture intéressante :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    ElenaE

    Good. But boring in some scenes. 😀

  8. 4 out of 5

    Renaud Germain

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ladmu... (Un lecteur nous parle) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ladmu... (Un lecteur nous parle)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Gabriel

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alex Mcleod

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sofia Freudenstein

  12. 4 out of 5

    CHARLES E. WASHBUSH

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bernadette Buches

  14. 5 out of 5

    Garima Poonia

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    Jone

  16. 5 out of 5

    Arjun Pandey

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nick Peters

  18. 5 out of 5

    Errol Genet

  19. 5 out of 5

    Esther Moodey

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Little

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sara Murer

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlynn Carter

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Giaconia

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Westcott

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jos Collin

  27. 5 out of 5

    Garden Parke

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jon Gale

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hadi

  30. 5 out of 5

    Noé

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