Hailed as one of the best novels ever written, Tolstoy’s War and Peace is an epic sweep of war, love and family life set in 19th century Russia.
Orwin, a professor of Russian literature and member of the Royal Society of Canada, is a leading Tolstoy expert having written numerous books on Tolstoy including Simply Tolstoy, Tolstoy’s Art and Thought, 1847-1880 and Consequences of Consciousness: Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy. She has also edited The Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy and the Tolstoy Studies Journal.
Joining Orwin to discuss the themes and characters of the novel, how it connects to Tolstoy's life, and the novel’s relevance today in Russia and the world, are Galina Alexeeva, head of Research at Yasnaya Polyana, a museum housed at Tolstoy’s former country estate in Russia and Andrei Zorin, professor of Russian at Oxford University.
The Forum is a cultural and historical BBC World Service radio program, hosted by former BBC diplomatic and Moscow correspondent, Bridget Kendall.