War and Peace Part I: Andrei Bolkonsky

War and Peace Part I: Andrei Bolkonsky

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In St. Petersburg of 1805, Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a rich nobleman, is introduced to high society. His friend, Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, joins the Imperial Russian Army as aide-de-camp of General Mikhail Kutuzov in the War of the Third Coalition against Napoleon. As Pierre's father recognizes him, he attracts the attention of Helene Kuragin and marries her, only to discover she is unfaithful to him. Bolkonsky takes part in the failed campaign in Austria, where he witnesses the Battle of Schongrabern and the Battle of Austerlitz. The prince is badly wounded and is mistaken for dead. His wife dies in childbirth. Bolkonsky returns to his home and meets Natasha Rostova, the young daughter of a count.

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