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Read online War and Peace: A Historical Novel.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC War and Peace: A Historical Novel Excerpt from War and Peace A Historical Novel When Russia already half conquered saw the inhabitants of Moscow flying to distant provinces while the levies of militia went on without cessation we who did not live then we fancy that every individual from the greatest to the least can have had but one idea that namely of sacrificing everything to save the country or to perish with it The records of the time indeed are full of traits of devotion and love of despair and anguish but the reality was far from what we fancy it The historic interest of those terrible years diverts our attention from the minor personal interests which by their more immediate pressure blinded contemporary witnesses to the importance of all that was going on around them About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books Find more at a target blank href http www forgottenbooks com rel nofollow www forgottenbooks com a This book is a reproduction of an important historical work Forgotten Books uses state of the art technology to digitally reconstruct the work preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy In rare cases an imperfection in the original such as a blemish or missing page may be replicated in our edition We do however repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works by Leo Tolstoy

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War and Peace: A Historical Novel
Title:War and Peace: A Historical Novel
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Number of Pages:398
Category:Classics, Fiction, Historical fiction, Russia, Literature
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The Death of Ivan Ilych, The Cossacks, The Death of Ivan Ilych And Other Stories, The Kreutzer Sonata, Anna Karenina, Resurrection, War and Peace, Childhood, Boyhood, Youth, A Confession, Hadji Murad
This novel in a vibrant new translation by Peter Constantine is Tolstoy s semiautobiographical story of young Olenin a wealthy disaffected Muscovite who joins the Russian army and travels to the untamed frontier of the Caucasus in search of a more authentic life While striving to adopt the rough and ready lifestyle of the local Cossacks Olenin falls in love with a free spirited girl whose fianc turns out to be a formidable opponent Showcasing the philosophical insight that would characterize Tolstoy s later masterpieces this long overdue translation is a revelation, Resurrection is the last of Tolstoy s major novels It tells the story of a nobleman s attempt to redeem the suffering his youthful philandering inflicted on a peasant girl who ends up a prisoner in Siberia Tolstoy s vision of redemption achieved through loving forgiveness and his condemnation of violence dominate the novel An intimate psychological tale of guilt anger and forgiveness Resurrection is at the same time a panoramic description of social life in Russia at the end of the nineteenth century reflecting its author s outrage at the social injustices of the world in which he lived This edition which updates a classic translation has explanatory notes and a substantial introduction based on the most recent scholarship in the field, A Confession an essay by Leo Tolstoy on his religious thoughts shows the great author in process of looking for answers to profound questions that trouble all who take them on What will come of my life and What is the meaning of life these are questions whose answers were an absolute requirement for Tolstoy In the course of the essay Tolstoy shows different attempts to find answers on the examples of science philosophy eastern wisdom and the opinions of his fellow novelists finding no workable solution in any of these Tolstoy recognizes the deep religious convictions of ordinary people as containing the key to true answers The first attempt at its publication took place in Russkaya Mysl No but Tolstoy s work was removed virtually from the whole edition of the journal by Orthodox Church censorship The text was later published in Geneva in Russia as late as Vsemirnyj Vestnik No, Leo Tolstoy began his trilogy Childhood Boyhood Youth in his early twenties Although he would in his old age famously dismiss it as an awkward mixture of fact and fiction generations of readers have not agreed finding the novel to be a charming and insightful portrait of inner growth against the background of a world limned with extraordinary clarity grace and color Evident too in its brilliant account of a young person s emerging awareness of the world and of his place within it are many of the stances techniques and themes that would come to full flower in the immortal War and Peace and Anna Karenina and in the other great works of Tolstoy s maturity