Title Profile & Character Information

War and Peace

Annotation
Often called 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 Russian 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."

Characters
NameRostova, Natasha
GenderFemale

NameBezukhov, Pierre
GenderMale

NameBolkansky, Prince Andrei
GenderMale
TraitsNobleman
Napoleonic Wars veteran

GenreClassic
Literary
Historical
Epic
Sociological
Love story
Fiction
TopicsFamily relationships
Russian life
Russian society
Napoleonic wars
SettingRussia