"he could scarcely, I thought, have written War and Peace"
Italian cover of 'War and Peace' (1899)
Public DomainItalian cover of 'War and Peace' (1899) - Credit: Rimigliano, Wikimedia Commons

Tolstoy's War and Peace (1865-1869) is an epic historical novel, generally considered to be one of the masterpieces of world literature.

Renowned for its social realism and psychological acuity, it depicts Russian life during the period of Napoleon's rise in Western Europe, and during his invasion of Russia in 1812. Although it focuses mainly on the lives of aristocratic families, War and Peace is noted for its panoramic view of all sections of Russian society and its portrayal of both major historical events and intimate family life in a realistic and emotionally convincing way.



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