"We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom": Tolstoy’s Masterpiece War and Peace

  • Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace.
  • Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace.
  • Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace.
  • Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace.
  • Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace.

Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace.

$950.00

Item Number: 72876

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1917.

works of Leo Tolstoy. Octavo, six volumes, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and gilt ruling to the spine, top edge gilt. In very good condition.

Widely considered the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic Wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the human spirit. Tolstoy’s genius is seen clearly in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle—all of them fully realized and equally memorable. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual’s place in the historical process, one that makes it clear why Thomas Mann praised Tolstoy for his Homeric powers and placed War and Peace in the same category as the Iliad: "To read him . . . is to find one’s way home . . . to everything within us that is fundamental and sane." "There remains the greatest of all novelists--for what else can we call the author of War and Peace" (Virginia Woolf).

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