29 June 2013, 12:37

Tolstoy on War: Narrative Art and Historical Truth in War and Peace

Tolstoy on War: Narrative Art and Historical Truth in War and Peace
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War in Peace by Leo Tolstoy is regarded as one of the most important and widely red works of world literature. The epic novel is set in the period from 1805 to 1820 and describes the struggle between France and Russia through 1812. This profound meditation on war, history and fate still continues to capture readers imagination from all over the world. Such is the wealth of ideas and artistic magnitude of War and Peace that the novel also continues to captivate academic interest, and not just from the field of literary studies. 

In 2010 a group of scholars gathered at the United States Military Academy at West Point and presented their papers before an audience consisting mostly of the Academy’s cadets and their teachers. The essays presented at a conference were gathered in a book we are discussing today ‘Tolstoy on War: Narrative Art and Historical Truth in War and Peace’. vThe collection was published in 2012 and reflects the premise that Tolstoy’s ideas are just too complex to belong to one discipline. That’s why the collection contains articles by historians, literary theorists, social scientists as well as representatives of the military. Our guest today is the collection’s editor - a prominent scholar of Leo Tolstoy, Professor of Russian Literature at University of Toronto Donna Orwin.

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