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'Great Chords': Politics and Romance in Tolstoy's War and Peace
This article will be permanently flagged as inappropriate and made unaccessible to everyone. Are you certain this article is inappropriate? Email Address:. Epic in scale, it is regarded as one of the central works of world literature. War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events surrounding the French invasion of Russia , and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families. Portions of an earlier version of the novel, then known as The Year ,  were serialized in the magazine The Russian Messenger between and The novel was first published in its entirety in Tolstoy himself, somewhat enigmatically, said of War and Peace that it is "not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less a historical chronicle".
Large sections of the work, especially in the later chapters, are philosophical discussion rather than narrative. Instead, Tolstoy regarded Anna Karenina as his first true novel.
War and Peace is well known as being one of the longest novels ever written , though not the longest. Tolstoy never documented why in he changed the name of his novel from The Year to War and Peace. He began writing War and Peace in the year that he finally married and settled down at his country estate.
The first half of the book was written under the name "". During the writing of the second half, he read widely and acknowledged Schopenhauer as one of his main inspirations. However, Tolstoy developed his own views of history and the role of the individual within it.
The first draft of War and Peace was completed in In , the periodical Russkiy Vestnik published the first part of this early version under the title In the following year, it published more of the same early version. Tolstoy was dissatisfied with this version, although he allowed several parts of it to be published with a different ending in , still under the same title "".
He heavily rewrote the entire novel between and The completed novel was then called Voyna i mir new style orthography; in English War and Peace. The manuscript sometimes referred to as "the original War and Peace" was re-edited and annotated in Russia in and since has been translated separately from the "known" version, to English, German, French, Spanish , Dutch , Swedish , Finnish , Albanian , and Korean.
The fact that so many versions of War and Peace survive make it one of the best insights into the mental processes of a great novelist.
Russians who had read the serialized version were anxious to acquire the complete first edition, which included epilogues, and it sold out almost immediately.
The novel was translated almost immediately after publication into many other languages. The novel can be generally classified as historical fiction. It contains elements present in many types of popular 18th- and 19th-century literature, especially the romance novel. War and Peace attains its literary status by transcending genres. Tolstoy was instrumental in bringing a new kind of consciousness to the novel. His narrative structure is noted for its "god-like" ability to hover over and within events, but also in the way it swiftly and seamlessly portrayed a particular character's point of view.
His use of visual detail is often cinematic in its scope, using the literary equivalents of panning, wide shots and close-ups, to give dramatic interest to battles and ballrooms alike.
These devices, while not exclusive to Tolstoy, are part of the new style of the novel that arose in the midth century and of which Tolstoy proved himself a master. Tolstoy incorporated extensive historical research. He was also influenced by many other novels. Tolstoy read all the standard histories available in Russian and French about the Napoleonic Wars and combined more traditional historical writing with the novel form.
He explains at the start of the novel's third volume his own views on how history ought to be written. His aim was to blur the line between fiction and history, in order to get closer to the truth, as he states in Volume II. The novel is set 60 years earlier than when Tolstoy wrote it, "in the days of our grandfathers", as he puts it. He had spoken with people who had lived through war during the French invasion of Russia in , so the book is also, in part, accurate ethnography fictionalized.
He read letters, journals, autobiographical and biographical materials pertaining to Napoleon and the dozens of other historical characters in the novel. There are approximately real persons named or referred to in War and Peace. Although Tolstoy wrote most of the book, including all the narration, in Russian, significant portions of dialogue including its opening paragraph are written in French and characters often switch between the two languages.
This reflected 19th-century Russian aristocracy, where French, a foreign tongue, was widely spoken and considered a language of prestige and more refined than Russian. In War and Peace , for example, Julie Karagina, Princess Marya's friend, has to take Russian lessons in order to master her native language. It has been suggested  that it is a deliberate literary device employed by Tolstoy, to use French to portray artifice and insincerity as the language of the theater and deceit while Russian emerges as a language of sincerity, honesty and seriousness.
It displays slight irony that as Pierre and others socialize and use French phrases, they will be attacked by legions of Bonapartists in a very short time. It is sometimes used in satire against Napoleon. When the marriage later emerges to be a sham, Pierre blames those French words. The use of French diminishes as the book progresses and the wars with the French intensify, culminating in the capture and eventual burning of Moscow. The progressive elimination of French from the text is a means of demonstrating that Russia has freed itself from foreign cultural domination.
By midway through the book, several of the Russian aristocracy, whose command of French is far better than their command of Russian, are anxious to find Russian tutors for themselves. War and Peace has been translated into many languages. It has been translated into English on several occasions, starting with Clara Bell working from a French translation. The novel begins in the year during the reign of Tsar Alexander I and leads up to the French invasion of Russia by Napoleon.
The era of Catherine the Great — , when the royal court in Paris was the centre of western European civilization,  is still fresh in the minds of older people. Catherine, fluent in French and wishing to reshape Russia into a great European nation, made French the language of her royal court. For the next one hundred years, it became a social requirement for members of the Russian nobility to speak French and understand French culture. Catherine's grandson, Alexander I, came to the throne in at the age of In the novel, his mother, Marya Feodorovna , is the most powerful woman in the Russian court.
War and Peace tells the story of five aristocratic families—the Bezukhovs, the Bolkonskys, the Rostovs, the Kuragins and the Drubetskoys—and the entanglements of their personal lives with the then contemporary history of to , principally Napoleon's invasion of Russia in The Bezukhovs, while very rich, are a fragmented family as the old Count, Kirill Vladimirovich, has fathered dozens of illegitimate sons.
The Bolkonskys are an old established and wealthy family based at Bald Hills. The Moscow Rostovs have many estates, but never enough cash. They are a closely knit, loving family who live for the moment regardless of their financial situation. The Kuragin family has three children, who are all of questionable character. The Drubetskoy family is of impoverished nobility, and consists of an elderly mother and her only son, Boris, whom she wishes to push up the career ladder.
Tolstoy spent years researching and rewriting the book. He worked from primary source materials interviews and other documents , as well as from history books, philosophy texts and other historical novels. The standard Russian text of War and Peace is divided into four books fifteen parts and an epilogue in two parts — one mainly narrative, the other thematic. While roughly the first half of the novel is concerned strictly with the fictional characters, the later parts, as well as one of the work's two epilogues, increasingly consist of essays about the nature of war, power, history , and historiography.
Tolstoy interspersed these essays into the story in a way that defies previous fictional convention. Certain abridged versions remove these essays entirely, while others, published even during Tolstoy's life, simply moved these essays into an appendix. Many of Tolstoy's characters in War and Peace were based on real-life people known to Tolstoy himself.
His grandparents and their friends were the models for many of the main characters, his great-grandparents would have been of the generation of Prince Vassily or Count Ilya Rostov. Some of the characters, obviously, are actual historic figures. War and Peace has a large cast of characters, the majority of whom are introduced in the first book. Some are actual historical figures, such as Napoleon and Alexander I. While the scope of the novel is vast, it is centred-on five aristocratic families.
The plot and the interactions of the characters take place in the era surrounding the French invasion of Russia during the Napoleonic wars. Many of the main characters and aristocratic families in the novel are introduced as they enter Anna Pavlovna's salon. Pierre Pyotr Kirilovich Bezukhov is the illegitimate son of a wealthy count , an elderly man who is dying after a series of strokes.
Pierre is about to become embroiled in a struggle for his inheritance. Educated abroad at his father's expense following his mother's death, Pierre is essentially kindhearted, but socially awkward, and owing in part to his open, benevolent nature, finds it difficult to integrate into Petersburg society. Finding Petersburg society unctuous and disillusioned with married life after discovering his wife is empty and superficial, Prince Andrei makes the fateful choice to be an aide-de-camp to Prince Mikhail Ilarionovich Kutuzov in the coming war against Napoleon.
The plot moves to Moscow , Russia's ancient city and former capital, contrasting its provincial, more Russian ways to the highly mannered society of Petersburg. The Rostov family are introduced. Count Ilya Andreyevich Rostov has four adolescent children. Thirteen-year-old Natasha Natalia Ilyinichna believes herself in love with Boris Drubetskoy, a disciplined young man who is about to join the army as an officer.
Twenty-year-old Nikolai Ilyich pledges his love to Sonya Sofia Alexandrovna , his fifteen-year-old cousin, an orphan who has been brought up by the Rostovs. The eldest child of the Rostov family, Vera Ilyinichna, is cold and somewhat haughty but has a good prospective marriage in a Russian-German officer, Adolf Karlovich Berg. Petya Pyotr Ilyich is nine and the youngest of the Rostov family; like his brother, he is impetuous and eager to join the army when of age.
The heads of the family, Count Ilya Rostov and Countess Natalya Rostova, are an affectionate couple but forever worried about their disordered finances. At Bald Hills, the Bolkonskys' country estate, Prince Andrei departs for war and leaves his terrified, pregnant wife Lise with his eccentric father Prince Nikolai Andreyevich Bolkonsky and devoutly religious sister Maria Nikolayevna Bolkonskaya, who refuses to marry the son of a wealthy aristocrat on account of her devotion to her father.
The second part opens with descriptions of the impending Russian-French war preparations. Boris Drubetskoy introduces him to Prince Andrei, whom Rostov insults in a fit of impetuousness. Even more than most young soldiers, he is deeply attracted by Tsar Alexander 's charisma. Nikolai gambles and socializes with his officer, Vasily Dmitrich Denisov, and befriends the ruthless, and perhaps, psychopathic Fyodor Ivanovich Dolokhov.
Both Bolkonsky, Rostov and Denisov are involved in the disastrous Battle of Austerlitz , in which Andrei is wounded as he attempts to rescue a Russian standard.
War And Peace By Leo Tolstoy
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Ann Dunnigan Kennard 17 July — 5 September  was an American actress and teacher who later became a translator of 19th-century Russian literature. After a stint as a speech teacher, her interest in the work of Anton Chekhov led her to study the Russian language. Dunnigan went on to translate Fyodor Dostoyevsky , Leo Tolstoy , and Ilya Tolstoy in the late s and the early s. Her translations have served as the basis for numerous scholars' comments and analyses of Russian literature. Tennessee Williams regarded her rendering of The Seagull to be the best available in English,  and made it the principal reference for his adaptation, The Notebook of Trigorin. He provided them with a rendering, and the performance premiered at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in In the settlement that followed, van Itallie accepted responsibility for the legal costs, and agreed to cease promotion of his version.
A Return to “War and Peace”
I am rereading War and Peac e, my favorite novel. And may I say the Rostov family and their awkward, fat friend Pierre seem as real to me as many people I know? Is there a latent, transferred homosexuality here? When rejected, Denisov is embarrassed and knows he overstepped boundaries, but Dolokhov takes revenge by bankrupting Nikolai at cards. My favorite character is Marya Bolokhonskaya, a plain young spinster who finds joy in doing good works, household duties, and religion.
Michael R. All happy readers need excuses to read or reread the classic, and all unhappy readers grow confused over which translations to select. Compared with manifestations of Dostoevsky in English, the writings of Tolstoy have suffered less at the hands of his early translators. Although his works were slow to gain recognition in England, they soon became very popular in America. Of course, not all readers were equally impressed, and some were outraged.
Ты уверен, что его никто не купил. - Да вы все спятили. Это за четыреста-то баксов. Я сказал ей, что даю пятьдесят, но она хотела .
Затем он его уничтожит, и Цифровая крепость навсегда исчезнет из Интернета. - Действуй своим маячком очень осторожно, - сказал Стратмор.
- Мой брак практически рухнул. Вся моя жизнь - это любовь к моей стране. Вся моя жизнь - это работа здесь, в Агентстве национальной безопасности. Сьюзан слушала молча.
Да, - в сердцах бросил Джабба. - Шифр-убийца.