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War and Peace Vol. 1 (Dole Translation)

Leo Tolstoy

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”War and Peace” is a panoramic novel: It is its own justification, and perhaps needs no introduction. It always reminds the translator of a broad and mighty river flowing onward with all the majesty of Fate. On its surface, float swiftly by logs and stumps, cakes of ice, perhaps drowned cattle or men from regions far above. These floating straws, insignificant in themselves, tell the current. Once embark upon it, and it is impossible to escape the onward force that moves you so relentlessly. What landscapes you pass through, what populous towns, what gruesome defiles, what rapids, what cataracts! The water may be turbid, or it may flow translucent and pure, – but still it rushes on. Such to me is “War and Peace.” “War and Peace,” like all of Count Tolstoi’s works, is a mighty protest against war. There is no arguing in it about the waste, and the demoralization, and the cruelty, and the unmanliness of it, but, like all Russian argument, it is by vivid pictures such as no one can resist. The present translation has been made from the original Russian. Tolstoi has been felicitously called “the Russian Rembrandt.” It is not fair to reproduce Rembrandt as a Teniers. One may be sometimes tempted to substitute the curved line of beauty for the straight line of duty, or soften a harsh silhouette, but beyond certain unavoidable issues of the sort necessary for reproducing the impression given by the original, the translator ought to be as faithful as possible. Here the old law of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, repudiated by Count Tolstoi, ought to have a new application. (from the Preface by N.H. Dole)

Language:

English

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Length:

15h 3m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

14:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:10


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

11:57


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

10:34


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

14:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

18:08


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

11:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

23:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

12:03


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

11:44


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

21:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:22


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

18:25


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:16


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

19:32


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:12


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

12:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

21:54


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

12:13


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

14:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:50


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

13:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

14:49


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:46


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

13:20


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:09


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

11:38


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

11:15


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

14:34


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

15:23


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

20:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

21:13


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

21:17


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

20:34


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

19:55


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

14:52


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

15:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

21:15


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

12:27


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

15:40


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

12:47


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

10:43


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

16:35


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

15:00


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

13:49


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

14:13


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:44


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

12:18


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

16:47


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

11:11