War and Peace

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A new, highly praised English translation of Tolstoy's War and Peace hit bookstores this week. In this edition of the Fishko Files, Sara Fishko turns the pages of this great classic.


Purchase your copy of Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's new translation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace and King Vidor's slight but nonetheless entertaining film of adaptation at Amazon.com.

You can read more about Tolstoy and translation in Richard Pevear's fascinating essay in the New York Times by clicking here.

If you just can't get enough (or if you can) go see the 1968 Academy Award-winning, 7-hour Russian film adaptation of "War and Peace" now playing at Film Forum. Directed by Sergei Bondarchuk, the film took seven years to make, included over 100,000 extras, and costing over $100 million (in 1960s dollars) is the most expensive film ever made.

David Goldfarb is the author of many articles and book chapters on Russian and Polish literature. His next popular publication will be the introduction to "The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories" by Bruno Schulz from Penguin Classics.