“Conversations at a glitzy society party in St. Petersburg in the year 1805 are dominated by the possibility of impending conflict. As Napoleon’s army advances on Russia, a swift wave of terror sweeps across the nation, and the destinies of three young people are irrevocably altered in the process. The lives of the irascible Pierre, the cynical Andrey, and the impulsive Natasha are intertwined with those of a large supporting cast that includes everyone from aristocrats and peasants to soldiers and even Napoleon himself. Through the novel War and Peace, Tolstoy created a magnificent epic of human life in all of its imperfection and grandeur. Tolstoy entwines grand themes—conflict and love, birth and death, free will and fate—with unforgettable scenes of Russia in the nineteenth century.
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