Name: War and Peace (Original title Война и миръ)
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Language: Russian, with considerable French (translated in English)
Genre(s): Historical, Romance, War novel, Philosophical
Publication date: 1869
Pages: 1,225 (first Published edition); 1,475 (2006 paperback issue)
War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, published in 1869. The work is epic in scale and is considered one of the most celebrated works of fiction. It is regarded as Tolstoy’s finest literary achievement, along with his other famous work Anna Karenina (1873–1877).
War and Peace defines in graphic detail events leading up to the French invasion of Russia, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families. Portions of an earlier version were Arrange serially in the magazine The Russian Messenger between 1865 and 1867. The novel was first published in its entirety in 1869. Newsweek in 2009 ranked it top of its list of Top 100 Books.
This is a massive book: both in length, and scope. It’s a chronicle of 2 or 3 decades of several families and interconnected characters in Russia. There is a main character (Count Bezhuov), but he is the main character by default, because there are so many characters to which so much time is devoted. The story has so many aspects that a main storyline can’t be given. It goes into every facet of life in Moscow and St. Petersburg society, as well as a soldier’s life in the Napoleonic Wars. On top of this is Leo Tolstoy devoted chapters and chapters to his direct philosophy on war and life in general.
Tolstoy himself, somewhat enigmatically, said of War and Peace that it was “not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less an historical chronicle.
War and Peace conceded as a must read book once in a life.