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Now that I have finally found a copy of the LEC edition of War and Peace, I am looking for one more edition. Does anyone know where I can find a nice edition of this novel in the original Russian language?
2: yeah! I heard the Leo Tolstoy Museum and Estate has a nice copy too! Perhaps they'll let you borrow it if you promise to be gentle with it :)
I'm not sure how fine an edition you want--few will match the LEC's quality, but on ABE there is the following:
I think that if you are just beginning your study of Russian, one of the more readily available print-on-demand paperbacks would make more sense. The Russians don't seem to have much interest in fine press editions of their own--or anybody else's--books, and one has to admit, fine press books do smack of capitalistic decadence.
Having Russian as my native language, I must admit that starting to learn the language with the War and the Peace is not very productive. the language is quite complicated, often out of date (and that is beautiful!), and if you talk the way Prince Andrey, Natasha and Pierre used to talk, people would look at you with suspicion and/or curiosity. However, I do not know your current level of Russian, and am not planning to jump to any conclusions. The short stories of Anton Chekhov would fit the educational and esthetic needs with equal or better result.
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