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THE ACCLAIMED TRANSLATION BY RICHARD PEVEAR AND LARISSA VOLOKHONSKY

'If you've never read it, now is the moment. This translation will show that you don't read War and Peace, you live it' The Times

From sophisticated Moscow soirees to breathless troika rides through the snow, from the bloody front line at Austerlitz to a wife’s death in childbirth, Tolstoy conjures a broad panorama of rich, messy, beautiful and debased human life. We follow the fates of open-hearted, impulsive Pierre Bezukhov, his melancholy friend Prince Andrei and the enchanting Natasha Rostov, as history and fiction are combined in one of the wisest and most enthralling novels ever written.

‘A joy to read… The sense of actually being in the skin of these people is phenomenally, brilliantly rendered by this translation’ Simon Schama


The Vintage Classic Russians Series: Published for the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, these are must-have, beautifully designed editions of six epic masterpieces that have survived controversy, censorship and suppression to influence decades of thought and artistic expression.

Reviews

If you've never read it, now is the moment. This translation will show that you don't read War and Peace, you live it

The Times

This is, at last, a translation of War and Peace without the dreadful misunderstandings and "improvements" that plague all other translations of the novel into English. Pevear and Volokhonsky's supple and compelling translation is the closest that an English reader without Russian can get to Tolstoy's masterwork. This is a great achievement. It is hard to imagine how this translation could be superseded."

Vladimir E. Alexandrov, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures,

It is simply the greatest novel ever written. All human life is in it. If I were told there was time to read only a single book, this would be it

Andrew Marr

Reveals Tolstoy in his majestic scope and precision to this reader for the first time, unencumbered by the pidgin archaisms of previous translations, ringing with mastery and truth

Times Literary Supplement, Books of the Year

It may sound pretentious, or strange, but I can remember the weeks (three weeks, to be precise) I spent reading War and Peace as a peak experience of sustained excitement and deep delight. Part of the delight was the largeness and strangeness of this world - the sense of the vastness and extremes of Russia, the unboundedness of everything

Finacial Times

There is a good argument to say that any decent library must make room for War and Peace

Independent on Sunday

War and Peace... is gleefully experimental... Tolstoy is the greatest miniaturist in the history of the novel. He is economical... [An] outlandish, wonderful novel

Adam Thirwell, Guardian

The greatest of all novels. Read it again, to test and savour the infallible truth of Tolstoy’s understanding of every stage and aspect of human life

Alan Hollinghurst, New York Times

To read him . . . is to find one's way home . . . to everything within us that is fundamental and sane

Thomas Mann

In War And Peace, richly observed human life - its catastrophes and passions, its thrills and tedium - mark out Tolstoy as a fox, who knows all about the dizzying diversity of existence

Observer

Highly and deservedly praised...is a remarkable achievement.

Contemporary Review

Wonderfully readable

Wendy Cope, The Week

Translators give their wits and craft selflessly in service of others' work; this is a triumph of fidelity and unpretentiousness.

The Independent

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    9781784871949

    February 27, 2017

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    1296 pages

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    9781446484166

    August 31, 2011

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