Friday 17 September, 19:30

Eduardo Mendoza

The Pertinence of Lev Tolstoy

While it has never lost its interest, the appearance of various editions of War and Peace in Spanish, the odd one in a translation, also bears witness to its pertinence.


To limit reflection on this extraordinary novel to its vision of war would be to limit the scope of its content. Although Tolstoy himself devotes long passages to this theme, the work's subject is not so much war (and peace as a transitory period characterised by the lack of war) as the individual and social nature of human beings. Eduardo Mendoza analyses the pertinence of Tolstoy's classic by locating the action of the novel in a more profound dimension.