Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic Wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy’s genius is seen clearly in the multitude of fully realized and equally memorable characters that populate this massive chronicle. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual’s place in the historical process, one that makes it clear why Thomas Mann praised Tolstoy for his Homeric powers and placed War and Peace in the same category as the Iliad: “To read him . . . is to find one’s way home . . . to everything within us that is fundamental and sane.”
About the Author
Nikolai Tolstoy is a highly recognized and acclaimed historian and biographer. He was the sole beneficiary of his stepfather's will and is one of the trustees of O'Brian's estate.
Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852) was a novelist and political satirist. The author of "Dead Souls" and "The Overcoat", he was one of Russia's greatest writers.
A. N. WILSON is an English writer and journalist who has written numerous critical biographies, novels, essays, and popular histories. He is an occasional columnist for the "Daily Mail", "The" "Times Literary Supplement", "New Statesman", "The Spectator", and "The Observer". His books "The Victorians, " "Dante in Love", and "After the Victorians", have garnered considerable critical and popular praise. He lives in London.
“There remains the greatest of all novelists—for what else can we call the author of War and Peace?”