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Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace (1865-69), an epic novel considered one of his masterpieces, is set in the backdrop of the Napoleonic invasion of Russia.The novel depicts Russian society at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Focusing on five aristocratic families, the novel presents Tolstoy's view that the events that shape history are inevitable and that the course of history cannot be altered by individuals.
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Leo Tolstoy was a Russian novelist and moral philosopher noted for his ideas of nonviolent resistance. His diary reveals an incessant pursuit of a morally justified life. He was known for his generosity to the peasants.His best known novels are "War and Peace" (1869), which Tolstoy regarded as an epic rather than a novel, and "Anna Karenina" (1877). His work was admired in his time by Dostoyevsky, Checkov, Turgenev, and Flaubert, and later by Virginia Woolf and James Joyce.
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