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War and Peace

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ISBN-10: 0199536058

ISBN-13: 9780199536054

Edition: 2008

Authors: Leo Tolstoy, Henry Gifford, Louise Maude, Aylmer Maude

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In Russia's struggle with Napoleon, Tolstoy saw a tragedy that involved all mankind. Greater than a historical chronicle, War and Peace is an affirmation of life itself, `a complete picture', as a contemporary reviewer put it, `of everything in which people find their happiness and greatness, their grief and humiliation'. Tolstoy gave his personal approval to this translation, published here in a new single volume edition, which includes an introduction by Henry Gifford, and Tolstoy's important essay `Some Words about War and Peace'.
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Book details

List price: $12.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1392
Size: 5.08" wide x 7.72" long x 2.44" tall
Weight: 2.068
Language: English

Tolstoy's life was defined by moral and artistic seeking and by conflict with himself and his surroundings. Of the old nobility, he began by living the usual, dissipated life of a man of his class; however, his inner compulsion for moral self-justification led him in a different direction. In 1851 he became a soldier in the Caucasus and began to publish even while stationed there (Childhood [1852] and other works). Even more significant were his experiences during the Crimean War: the siege of Sevastopol provided the background for his sketches of human behavior in battle in the Sevastopol Stories (1855--56). After the war, Tolstoy mixed for a time with St. Petersburg literary society,…    

Aylmer Maude spent much of his life in Russia & was a personal friend of Tolstoy's.