Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece intertwines the lives of private and public individuals during the time of the Napoleonic wars and the French invasion of Russia. Balls and soirees, the burning of Moscow, the intrigues of statesmen and generals, scenes of violent battles, the quiet moments of everyday life–all in a work whose extraordinary imaginative power has never been surpassed.
In this Oxford World’s Classics audio guide, Amy Mandelker, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, discusses Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace and suggests ways of approaching this magnificent – but sometimes rather daunting – masterpiece of world literature for the first time.
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