"What is War and Peace?"

Russian novelists often played with the concept of the novel. Alexander Pushkin called his rhyming, 389-stanza long Eugene Onegin (1833) "a novel in verse"; Nikolai Gogol called his novel Dead Souls (1842) "an epic poem in prose". Tolstoy taking part in an established form of genre-bending with War and Peace. He considered Anna Karenina to be his first true novel.