War and peace pre reform russian post reform russian translit vojna i mir vjna i mir is a novel by the russian author leo tolstoy it is regarded as a central work of world literature and one of tolstoys finest literary achievements. I thoroughly enjoyed that terribly bittersweet and epic story in film version it contains so much sadness i honestly dont think i can read it again and this was a wonderful substitute for being able to revisit tolstoys war and peace another time. After reading war and peace i became interested in russian history for awhile including the romaov dynasty leading to books about the last czar nicholas and his family like shakespeares stories war and peace was for me the best kind of soap opera style of storytelling. War and peace opens in the russian city of st petersburg in 1805 as napoleons conquest of western europe is just beginning to stir fears in russia many of the novels characters are introduced at a society hostesss party among them pierre bezukhov the socially awkward but likeable . 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 tolstoys finest literary achievements
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