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- DescriptionConsidered by many to the greatest vel ever written, Tolstoy's masterpiece is a story of family life set against the backdrop of war. The vel begins in 1805 in the crowded and gossip-filled rooms of a St Petersburg party and follows the fortunes of the aristocratic Bolkonsky and Rostov families as Napoleon's armies sweep through Europe, culminating in the French invasion of Russia in 1812 and Napoleon's defeat. Tolstoy's vast vel takes in both the epic sweep of national events and the private experience of individuals, from the keen young soldier to Napoleon himself, and at the heart of it all the complicated triangle of affection that binds his central characters.
- Author BiographyProfessor Tony Briggs is former Professor of Russian at the University of Birmingham, and has translated widely from the Russian, especially Pushkin, is the author of several critical books on Russian literature. Orlando Figes is Professor of History at Birkbeck and the author of A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924 which was awarded the Wolfson Prize for History and, most recently, Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia.
- Author(s)Leo Tolstoy
- PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
- Date of Publication01/09/2005
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPenguin Classics
- Out-of-print date30/05/2006
- Content Notemaps
- Weight1200 g
- Width137 mm
- Height204 mm
- Spine59 mm
- Translated byAnthony Briggs
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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