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War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical survey, and a festival of the Russian mood, often called the biggest novel ever published. The genius of Tolstoy is obviously seen in this huge chronicle in the variety of personalities, all fully formed and similarly meaningful. A deep examination of the location of the individual in the historical system arises from this complicated narrative, one that shows clearly why Thomas Mann commended Tolstoy for his Homeric forces and put War and Peace in the same class as The Iliad.

Constance Garnett interpreted War and Peace.