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War (Not Peace)

interior-tolstoy This report was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book, in October 2007.

When two competing versions of War & Peace were released within months of each other, a rather undignified spat broke out between the publishers.

In conversation with Mariella Frostrup, I described the key differences between the two books and attempted to explain why the rival translators were being so rude to each other.

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