War and PeaceBook - 2006
A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Tolstoy's great Russian epic, now a miniseries on A&E, The History Channel, and Lifetime starring Lily James (Downtown Abbey), Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood), and James Norton (Grantchester)
Set against the sweeping panoply of Napoleon's invasion of Russia, War and Peace—presented here in the first new English translation in forty years—is often considered the greatest novel ever written. At its center are Pierre Bezukhov, searching for meaning in his life; cynical Prince Andrei, ennobled by wartime suffering; and Natasha Rostov, whose impulsiveness threatens to destroy her happiness. As Tolstoy follows the changing fortunes of his characters, he crafts a view of humanity that is both epic and intimate and that continues to define fiction at its most resplendent.
This edition includes an introduction, note on the translation, cast of characters, maps, notes on the major battles depicted, and chapter summaries.
Praise for Antony Brigg's translation of War and Peace:
"The best translation so far of Tolstoy's masterpiece into English."
-Robert A. Maguire, professor emeritus of Russian studies, Columbia University
"In Tolstoy's work part of the translator's difficulty lies in conveying not only the simplicity but the subtlety of the book's scale and effect. . . . Briggs has rendered both with a particular exactness and a vigorous precision not to be found, I think, in any previous translation."
-John Bayley, author of Elegy for Iris
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Baker & Taylor
A major new translation of the classic work interweaves the stories of an idealist, a cynical intellectual, and a count's daughter against a backdrop of Napoleon's invasion of Russia, in a volume that attempts to resolve ambiguities of other modern translations and is complemented by character listings, battle descriptions, and chapter summaries. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
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This translation of War and Peace gives life to one of the best pieces of literature written by Leo Tolstoy. Anthony Briggs does a great job choosing words to convey what is being said, and nothing is vague or hard to understand. This is by far the easiest to read and understand copy of War and Peace that I have come across.
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We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.
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