I never new there was a theatre version of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy before, but I just came across an announcement about the Prague German Language Theatre Festival – and apparently there is – though it’s in German. I wonder if anyone would do an English version. Somehow I can’t quite see it coming to the West End of London – they’d have to do a musical version of it for that to happen!
With 12 actors playing 80 roles it does sound like they must have managed to capture quite a lot of the novel.
Although I have read War and Peace a few times, I have never seen any of the film versions. I think compared to some other great big books, I’m thinking Lord of the Rings here, War and Peace may be even harder to convey in dramatic form.
War and Peace is one of those novels that a lot of people think about reading, but never get round to, probably being put off by the sheer size of the thing. But it’s really a page-turner in my opinion. If you have any interest in either human relationships, warfare or history, then War and Peace I would say is a must read for you.
As well as Science Fiction and Fantasy I also love many works of classic literature, and probably my favourite author is Leo Tolstoy – specifically his great works like War and Peace and Anna Karenina, but also some of his lesser known fiction like The Cossacks.
To that end I have started populating some information about these books on the site. I’ll soon be putting up some information about War and Peace, but for now why not go and find out more about The Cossacks? It’s a delightful novella and a great introduction to what Tolstoy is all about.
What makes a battle or combat scene exciting to read, and what makes it drag on or detract from the narrative?
This was a really interesting topic and I wish I’d had more time to look at it. I really liked the cover of War and Peace that John put up there – good work!
At some point I’m planning, for my own writing skills benefit, to anlyse this in more depth – particularly writers such as Tolstoy and Martin. Interesting that a number of other bloggers on the round-table mentioned Abercrombie and Martin – I endorse those opinions unreservedly.