By turns philosophical and poetic, this sweeping Russian novel recounts the events surrounding the French invasion of Russia during the Napoleonic era. It covers the years between 1805 and 1813 and is based on extensive historical research.
Readers are introduced to the Bolkonskys, the Rostovs, the Kuragins, and the Drubetskoy families, and discover how they are caught up in the events of the war and how their personal lives interweave with one another.
Powerful and evocative, this sweeping novel examines all aspects of the human condition.
Leo Tolstoy is considered to be one of the greatest authors of all time. His novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina best illustrate the dramatic scope and intense realism which became his trademark and stand as a testament to his extraordinary observational powers. Tolstoy's own wartime experiences culminated in his conversion to pacifist and spiritual anarchist, and his ideas on non-violent resistance had a profound influence on 20th century figures such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.