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War and Peace

War and Peace

2010 . Fiction, Political, Classics, History, Europe . Leo Tolstoy

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War and Peace

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'If life could write, it would write like Tolstoy.' Isaac Babel Tolstoy's epic masterpiece intertwines the lives of private and public individuals during the time of the Napoleonic wars and the French invasion of Russia. The fortunes of the Rostovs and the Bolkonskys, of Pierre, Natasha, and Andrei, are intimately connected with the national history that is played out in parallel with their lives. Balls and soirées alternate with councils of war and the machinations of statesmen and generals, scenes of violent battles with everyday human passions in a work whose extraordinary imaginative power has never been surpassed. The prodigious cast of characters, both great and small, seem to act and move as if connected by threads of destiny as the novel relentlessly questions ideas of free will, fate, and providence. Yet Tolstoy's portrayal of marital relations and scenes of domesticity is as truthful and poignant as the grand themes that underlie them. In this revised and updated version of the definitive and highly acclaimed Maude translation, Tolstoy's genius and the power of his prose are made newly available to the contemporary reader. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Year:

2010

Language:

English

Publisher:

OUP Oxford

Pages:

1392

ISBN:

0191624632 (ISBN13: 9780191624636)

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Mads Dalgaard

1 year ago

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Et mesterværk, både for sin tid og for nutiden. Lev Tolstoi skriver som Ken Follett men samtidig med en samfundskritik der er slet skjult. Figurerne, tiden og ikke mindst det tåbelige og meningsløse i krig bliver virkelig udpenslet. Der er dog tale om et stort værk der tager tid at hugge sig igennem. Men det er kampen værd!

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