"We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom": Tolstoys Masterpiece War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace.
Tolstoy, Leo. (Count Lyof N Tolstoi).$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. Tolstoys genius is seen clearly in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicleall of them fully realized and equally memorable. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individuals 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 ones 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).