Author(s): L.N. Tolstoy
'Almost in the centre of this sky Ã¢Â�Â¦ shone the huge, brilliant comet of the year 1812 Ã¢Â�Â� the comet which was said to portend all manner of horrors and the end of the worldÃ¢Â�Â� NapoleonÃ¢Â�Â�s invasion of Russia forms the backdrop for TolstoyÃ¢Â�Â�s literary masterpiece. At its centre are Pierre Bezuhov, searching for meaning in his life; cynical Prince Andrei, ennobled by suffering in the war; and Natasha Rostova, whose impulsiveness threatens to destroy her happiness. As Tolstoy follows the changing fortunes of these characters and their families, scenes of domestic life are juxtaposed with magnificent battle sequences, creating a view of humanity that is both epic and intimate. Often considered the greatest novel in any language, War and Peace is also a philosophical meditation on the tension between free will and fate as the forces of history move inexorably forward. RosemaryÃ¢Â�Â�s EdmondsÃ¢Â�Â�s distinguished translation is accompanied by an introduction, and a list of the novelÃ¢Â�Â�s principal characters.
Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003 and The BBC Big Read Top 21 2003. Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.