War and Peace By Leo Tolstoy
Considered to be one of the world’s best novels.
War and Peace is primarily concerned with the histories of five aristocratic families–particularly the Bezukhovs, the Bolkonskys, and the Rostovs–the members of which are portrayed against a vivid background of Russian social life during the war against Napoleon (1805-14). The heroine, Natasha Rostova, for example, reaches her greatest fulfillment through her marriage to Pierre Bezukhov and her motherhood.
Epic historical novel by Leo Tolstoy, originally published as Voyna i mir in 1865-69