War and Peace
War and Peace is a vast epic centred on Napoleon's Bonaparte's invasion of Russia
in 1812. It was conceived as an example of Tolstoy's view that history proceeds inexorably to its own ends with mankind appearing
as an incidental instrument of the historial process.
Anna Karenina has two plots that run side by side throughout the novel:
the story of Anna and the story of Levin. Levin's story is an expression of Tolstoy's pastoral nature and a reaffirmation
of the novelist's vision of the simple life. Anna's appearance in the novel represents a rift in the tranquil world which
allows physical passion and irrationality to prevail.