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A obra-prima de Tolstói ganha sua primeira edição brasileira traduzida diretamente do russo. A edição traz ainda cinco mapas, uma lista com informações sobre os personagens e os fatos históricos citados no romance, além de sugestões de leitura.

“Milhões de pessoas praticaram, umas contra as outras, uma quantidade tão inumerável de crimes, embustes, traições, roubos, fraudes
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Clothbound, Edição especial; 2 volumes, 2536 pages
Published November 2011 by Cosac & Naify (first published 1867)
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Roshan Marlon Richard Pevear Larissa Volokhonsky ( Translation Date-2007) (Vintage Classics)
Anthony Briggs ( Translation Date-2005) (Penguin Classics)
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Richard Pevear Larissa Volokhonsky ( Translation Date-2007) (Vintage Classics)
Anthony Briggs ( Translation Date-2005) (Penguin Classics)
Rosemary Edmonds (Translation Date-1957)
Aylmer and Louise Maude (Translation Date-1922)
Constance Garnett (Translation Date-1904)

These are the common translations you can find. I have tried chapter comparisons and actually read the book, and found Anthony Briggs one is the excellent version when it comes to the beauty of the language. Penguin used Rosemary Edmonds translation for almost 50 years and switched to Anthony Briggs one. P&L one is alright, but I felt its kind of flat, but sentence flow is good. Aylmer and Louise one is easy to read. Constance Garnett and Aylmer Louise translations are in public domain now. Garnett one is very readable but has some minimal errors here and there.

People often talk about faithfulness to the original Russian. But if a sentence is capable of reproducing 100% of the original meaning, that's what matters. When Tolstoy was trying to make a joke, translation should give us an appropriate joke.

So if I rate these translations, number one for me is Anthony Briggs one. Second Aylmer and Louise Maude, third Richard Pevear Larissa Volokhonsky. (less)
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Jessica
So, I know you've all been on edge these past two months, and since I should be studying for the social work licensing exam tonight, it seems like the perfect time to put an end to your suspense.

After all my agonizing and the thoughtful suggestions below about whether I should mutilate my gorgeous hardcover Pevear and Volokhonsky translation in the interest of less hazardous subway toting.... Readers, I carried him. All 1272 pages. Every day, across five boroughs and three states, for nearly two
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Whitaker
When I was growing up, the conventional wisdom was that War and Peace was the sine qua non of difficult books: the scope, the length, OMG the length! Conquering this Everest was The Test of whether you were a Man/Reader.

I have now read it. Thump chest and make Tarzan yell.

Actually, you know chump, big deal. The mountain really wasn't so large after all.

There are love affairs, there is a war, peace eventually returns to the Shire Russia. Sorry, got confused there for a minute with Lord of the
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Dolors
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone, anytime, NOW.
Recommended to Dolors by: My guilty conscience
Before I turned the last page of this massive volume, which had been neglected in my bookshelves for more than six years, War and Peace was a pending task in my mental reading universe knowing it to be one of the greatest Russian or maybe simply one of the greatest novels of all times.
Well, in fact, it was something else.
I have a selective memory, I don’t know whether it comes as a blessing or as a curse, that enables me to remember the most insignificant details like for instance, where and wh
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Matt
Aug 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The type of person who cares whether a person has read <i>War and Peace</i>
Shelves: classic-novels
Whatever else I am, I am the type of person who reads classic novels out of a sense of obligation. Also, I must admit, out of a sense of vanity. My ego, after all, is as fragile as a goldfish and requires the constant attention of a newborn baby. Every once in awhile, it needs a little boost, and the intellectual challenge of Dostoevsky or Dickens can really work wonders.

Now, I’ve been told that forcing myself to read books I don’t necessarily like is a fruitless waste of time (and that the rev
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Michael
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that can be life-changing. I read this as a teenager and I remember exactly where I was (sitting on my bed, in my grandmother's house, in southern Germany) when I finished it. I must have spent an hour just staring out the window, in awe of the lives I'd just led, the experiences I'd just had.

****

I'm now re-reading this, enjoying it immensely and no doubt appreciating it much more than I did the first time. Tolstoy has the most amazing ability to make us feel, when he
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Emily May

So... I did it. I finally convinced myself to read War and Peace, partly because it's just something everyone wants to say they've done, and partly because one always needs a good excuse to procrastinate during the exam period when I should have been studying. And, you know what, I really enjoyed most of it. The novel is far less taxing than I imagined, I don't know if that's because the English translation goes easy on us non-Russians or because Tolstoy wrote it in a quite light-hearted fashion
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Hossam Arafat
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أحد كلاسيكيات الأدب الروسي و أشهر ما كتب تولستوي
يُدخل تولستوي القارئ في عالمه الذي نسجه من خيوط الواقع التاريخي، يقف معه على عتبات القصور ليشهد الحفلات التي تعكس نمط حياة طبقة الأمراء والنبلاء الفرنسيين والروس، واقفاً على نمطية تفكيرهم مسترسلاً في الأجواء التاريخية التي استدعى تولستوي من خلالها أحداث الحرب ليجيد في وصف ساحاتها وجنودها وقوادها وعتادها وعدّتها حتى يخيل للقارئ سماعه قرع السيوف وصهيل الخيول وصوت أزيز العربات. يعيش معه حتى صخب النصر ومرارة الانكسار لينحاز أكثر إلى مشاعر الإنسان المن
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Joey Woolfardis
Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003.

I read this in tandem with the spectacular BBC adaptation and I will say now that my enjoyment of this piece of literature has been heavily influenced by that wonderful piece of televisual art. It just has. It's the same story, just told a different way. I will refrain from telling you to get over it.

Now, the book. It was written well, very well, in terms of all the stuff that should be done well: pu
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Cait • A Page with a View
Decemer 2017 update:
well, look at that... this is still my favorite book.

Original review:
Yeah, this is my new all-time favorite book. I can't even begin to write a review for it without falling apart into an emotional mess or fangirling over every character, so I'll just say that SOMEDAY I will write more...



I skimmed War & Peace in early high school but wasn't terribly interested because I felt like I was being told that I had to like it. When people shove a classic book at me and start goi
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Matthew
Holy cow! I am done! Not sure what to say . . . I feel like I should write a 1000 page review, but I will keep it short.

I finished the book while a passenger in a mini-van stuck in horrible Atlanta traffic.

The book was not quite as readable as some other BIG books I have read, but still pretty good. What amazed me is how few specific events occurred during the 1000+ pages - Tolstoy was just really detailed in describing the events. Only a few times, though, did I feel like it was too much.

This
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Ahmad Sharabiani
857. ВОИНА И МИР = War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, which is regarded as a central work of world literature and one of Tolstoy's finest literary achievements.
جنگ و صلح - لئو ن. تولستوی (نیلوفر) ادبیات روسیه؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: در سال 1978 میلادی
عنوان: جنگ و صلح ؛ نویسنده: ل. (لی یف) ن. (نیکالایویچ) تولستوی؛ مترجم: کاظم انصاری؛ تهران، صفیعلیشاه، 1334، در چهار جلد؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان روسیه - قرن 19 م
مترجمین دیگر این اثر: بانوان محترم: ش
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Jason Koivu
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Love

That was the one thing I thought was missing from Leo Tolstoy's title, War and Peace. I was wrong. Love is in the title, you just have to look for it.

Certainly there is love in peace. It is the time of children, serenity, growth. The mother peacefully raising her children. The farmer lovingly tending his fields. The elderly passing their final days in comfort surrounded by family.

But there is love in war as well. The love for one's country. Such is a person's violent attachment to their mo
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Joshua Treviño
Feb 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is difficult, in reviewing classics, to say things about them that have not been said before. It is especially difficult when those classics are part of the literary canon; and even more difficult when those classics are not mere novels, but purposeful epics. It is in this light that reviewing Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace is a challenge. The massive book — ranging from 900 to 1,500 pages, depending upon the edition — is a cornerstone of anyone’s list of all-time great literature. Strangely, fe ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
857. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, which is regarded as a central work of world literature and one of Tolstoy's finest literary achievements.
غنوان: جنگ و صلح - لئو ن. تولستوی (نیلوفر، صفیعلیشاه) ادبیات روسیه؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز نوزدهم ماه ژوئن سال 1978 میلادی
عنوان: جنگ و صلح ؛ نویسنده: ل. (لی یف) ن. (نیکالایویچ) تولستوی؛ مترجم: کاظم انصاری؛ تهران، صفیعلیشاه، 1334، در چهار جلد؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان روسیه - قرن 19 م
مترجمین دیگر این
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Supreeth
It's been three months since I read War and Peace. The after effect of this book is more like chewing the cud once you're done with the whole quote-unquote reading experience. I've thought about this book a lot, I've been thinking about this a lot and I'll probably keep this relevant in upcoming days, but I don't think I'll never gain enough intellect to seriously write anything about this. My first read of war and peace(assuming I'd read it again) was mainly about the existential crisis of Andr ...more
Kelly
I tried for five months to write something more polished, less rambling. This is all I've got:

"While he is alive, the morning is still fresh and dewy, the vampires sleep. But if the sun sets, if father Tolstoy dies and the last genius leaves - what then?"
-Alexander Blok, as Tolstoy lay dying at Astapovo

"[War and Peace] is positively what might be called a Russian Illiad. Embracing the whole epoch, it is the grandiose literary event, showcasing the gallery of great men painted by a lively brush o
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Lyn
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One commentator of War and Peace wryly remarked,” war and peace … that about covers everything.”

That is as succinct a book report as can be given to a work of this magnitude. This novel does contain just about everything; war and peace, battles, hospitals, military strategy, love and romance, marriage, estrangement and divorce, death, birth, families, relationships, friends, enemies, hatred, jealousy, fear, gambling, dueling, hunting, dances, music, religion and politics, mysticism, philosophy,
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Lizzy
Just finished my second reading of War and Peace. Couldn't have loved it better. Maturity and knowledge of the times certainly helped my enjoyment. It didn't feel as long as it actually is. I loved all Tolstoy's meticulously created characters.

I hope to write more soon.

Not to be missed!

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I read Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace a long, long time ago. However, I still remember how I enjoyed this epic, even if I might have been too young and lacked the knowledge about Russian history that would have
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Cait Poytress
I am no longer afraid of the big ass Russian novel.* Who knew it would be so readable? The most difficult thing about it was keeping all of the characters straight, but even that was only in the beginning. By the end of the book, the characters were so fully drawn that I couldn't believe that I'd once had to rely on a cheat sheet remember who they were or what relation they had to one another.

I'm kind of peeved that I can't give this book 5 stars**. Overall, I thought it was fantastic. I even li
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°°°·.°·..·°¯°·._.· ʜᴇʟᴇɴ Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος ·._.·°¯°·.·° .·°°° ★·.·´¯`·.·★ Ⓥⓔⓡⓝⓤⓢ Ⓟⓞⓡⓣⓘⓣⓞⓡ Ⓐⓡⓒⓐⓝⓤⓢ Ταμετούρο   Αμ
Το «Πόλεμος και Ειρήνη» θεωρείται ένα απο τα σπουδαιότερα έργα που γράφτηκε ποτέ και αυτό αποδεικνύεται περίτρανα.
Ήταν το ωραιότερο δώρο που έκανα στον εαυτό μου μπαίνοντας αναγνωστικά σε ένα απειρομέγιστο έργο τέχνης.
Είναι μια τεράστια περιπλανώμενη λογοτεχνική περιπέτεια με τη βοήθεια και την υποστήριξη της μοναδικής γραφής του Τολστόι.

Σας παρουσιάζω το «Πόλεμος και Ειρήνη» ως ένα τεράστιο ήρεμο τέρας που μαγεύει με ξόρκια επικών ποιημάτων, ιστορικών χρονικών και φιλοσοφικών αποκλίσεων τις
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Ted
That 5 star rating stares down at me. Does it need to be justified? Probably not … but anyway

In my seventieth year, I have finally for the first time read this novel, a book that I bought over half a century ago, proudly displayed on one book shelf after another as the years rolled by. Will I ever open it again? I surely hope so. It seems to me at this moment that I could turn the book over, open the front cover and begin reading again.

No matter what prism one looks at W&P through - sublime
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Renato Magalhães Rocha
You mustn’t let Tolstoy’s classic’s reputation and length intimidate you in the least! Contrary to popular belief, it is not a hard read and you'll be surprised to see that it is quite a page turner. And here’s a tip: having some knowledge about the Napoleonic wars and the French invasion in Russia is all it takes for the war scenes to come alive and not seem like such a drag.

This is a book that deserves to be read and you’ll be glad once you conclude this enterprise - not because you're at the
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Cindy
A Review in Three Parts:

I. The Analytical Analysis





II. The Review

Here's the thing that surprised me the most about War & Peace: it's extremely readable. It's not filled with difficult or outdated language. (At least in the P&V translation.) It doesn't have long, hard to parse sentences. The action and dialogue is fairly straight-forward. The characters become easy to follow. If you are freaked out by War & Peace because you think it's hard, it's not. Although you will have to powe
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Nilesh Kashyap
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nilesh by: William Somerset Maugham
Not a review, and whatever is this, is incomplete due to my inability to express myself.
In childhood’s pride I said to Thee:
‘O Thou, who mad’st me of Thy breath,
Speak, Master, and reveal to me
Thine inmost laws of life and death.

‘Give me to drink each joy and pain
Which Thine eternal hand can mete,
For my insatiate soul would drain
Earth’s utmost bitter, utmost sweet.

‘Spare me no bliss, no pang of strife,
Withhold no gift or grief I crave,
The intricate lore of love and life
And mystic know
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Manuel Antão
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.


Anti-literary-flab: "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy




I was standing at an airport lounge as a teenager many years ago, and suddenly realised I had no books to read for my family holiday. I was a SF geek at the time (still am, but I’m reading other stuff now), but had read everything that W.H. Smiths airport bookshelf could show me. In desperation and dread I turned to the classics... I'd read Frankenstein and other English literary classi
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Ahmed
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روسى
كنت وأنا في ثانوي مهووس بالأدب الأجنبي , مجرد رؤيتي لنسخة مترجمة من أعمال العظماء كان سبب كافِ جدا بالنسبة لي أن أشتريها , ولعل السبب دا اللي خلاني وأنا في أولى جامعة أدفع 120 جنيه فى كتاب ضخم عبارة عن 4 أجزاء و2329 من الورق الأصفر اللي باين عليه القدم جدا , واللى ريحته أشبه برائحة المخدر اللذيذ القادر على تهدئتك في أشد الأوقات ضيقًا وتعصبًا .

توصف هذه الرواية عى أنها إلياذة العصر الحديث , ولكن أهي كذلك فعلا ؟
لا أعرف لأني لم أقرأ الإلياذة , ولكن الشئ الوحيد الذي أثق به أنك ستقابل ملحمة من الطراز
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Gabrielle
500th review!!!

The "Abridged Classics for Lazy People" comic summarizes "War & Peace" as follows: "Everyone is sad. It snows." Hmmm. Accurate, but I have a bit more to say about it than they do. This book has left me full of thoughts and words the way few books have done before.

Though to be fair, how exactly is one supposed to review this? This book might be titled “War & Peace”, but it’s also about the human experience as a whole: the high, the lows, the beauties, the agonies and prett
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Jan-Maat
An oak tree that I passed on the way into a town reminded me of the scene in War and Peace in which Andrei Volkonsky passes an oak in late spring and sees himself as that tree - its branches bare even while other trees already are showing bright green leaves. He feels, after his experiences in the novel up to that point, old before his time and looking forward only towards the grave(view spoiler)(v ...more
Apatt
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
War and bloody Peace eh? Started June 12, 2013, finished August 26, 2013! How am I supposed to review this?! I will apply my usual rambling slapdash technique I think.

War and Peace looks like a formidable challenge for the average reader, in term of length and legendary status, this is not "just another book" you can just read and forget. Personally, I read fiction mainly for entertainment purposes ( the best past time I know), some books I read purely out of curiosity, some books like Moby Dick
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Oziel Bispo
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Depois de mais de 6 meses de leitura acabo  guerra e paz de Tolstói, um livro que ficará para sempre na minha mente e no meu coração como o melhor livro que já li .

Muitos ao verem o título do livro pensam em se tratar só de um livro de guerra e estratégias militares . Obviamente há muito disso , há a campanha de Napoleão Bonaparte para invadir a Rússia  e consequentemente Moscou ,mas a maior luta e na alma  dos personagens !  A luta do príncipe André para achar seu lugar ao sol,vencer sua incred
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Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой; commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries) was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider To ...more
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