War and Peace by Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy's epic novel—featuring hundreds of characters, numerous plot threads, and a battle sequence that lasts more than 20 chapters—is the literary equivalent of a marathon. Here are a few facts about the author who was born years ago today , his struggles to bring War and Peace to life, and the lasting impact the work has had in Russia and beyond. Serializing a work of fiction was common for writers at the time, and a way for Tolstoy to support himself as he continued working on the novel. Tolstoy envisioned a trilogy that centered on the attempted overthrow of Tsar Nicolas I by a group of military officers who became known as The Decembrists. The second book would focus on their failed uprising, with a third book following the officers during their exile and eventual return from Siberia. As Tolstoy began writing, he was so taken with the time period surrounding the Napoleonic Wars that he decided to make it his sole focus.
BBC Series Gives 'War and Peace' First U.K. Bestseller Spot
The characters in War and Peace endure extreme experiences, and emerge at the end as quite different people. The miracle of the book is that the Natasha who falls in love with anyone and everyone in the ballrooms of the opening is recognisably the same woman who withdraws from society at the end. This is the story of a group of people living within a society. It understands and sympathises with those ideas but it excuses itself from repeating them. After pages, you will agree that this is the best way to write a novel.
It is regarded as a central work of world literature and one of Tolstoy's finest literary achievements. The novel chronicles the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society through the stories of five Russian aristocratic families. Portions of an earlier version, titled The Year ,  were serialized in The Russian Messenger from to , then published in its entirety in Tolstoy said War and Peace is "not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less a historical chronicle. Instead, he regarded Anna Karenina as his first true novel. Tolstoy began writing War and Peace in , the year that he finally married and settled down at his country estate. The first half of the book was written under the name "".
W ar and Peace may have been on the school curriculum in Russia for years but it is only now cracking the bestseller list in the U. The Guardian reports. At over a thousand pages long and including lengthy chronicles of Russian aristocratic families, sporadically referred to by titles, nicknames, formal addresses or even their sometimes preferred French names, the novel is infamously daunting. Not to mention the complexity of its themes and a setting unfamiliar to those whose history lessons did not cover Napoleon's invasion of Imperial Russia. Since its publication in , War and Peace , despite being hailed as a classic, has become a byword for a dense and difficult read. Following the success of the BBC's racy, high-budget dramatization of Tolstoy's opus, however, all that seems to be changing. The broadcaster aired the last episode of the epic almost two weeks ago after an acclaimed and well-publicized run.
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War and Peace is a very famous novel by Leo Tolstoy. One of the most famous, if you believe what other people say about it. There was a much tighter deadline. And frankly, I am just not up to it. You might think you do. It might even be on your shelf. You barely have time to read three-minute articles on your phone!