A Fashionable Pandemic Read: Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”

During this time of plague, fear, lockdown, masks, and tragic death, we have tried to find solace in the classics.  In 2020 and 2021, many people read War and Peace, according to numerous articles about reading habits in lockdown. 

This brilliant, breathtaking novel is a conventional narrative on the surface, an elaborate story of high society and military life in Russia during the Napoleonic wars, but is also a precursor of modernism, interwoven with lectures and rants about the oversimplified nature of the history of war. 

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