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Here is a list of the main characters of War and Peace and a guide to the pronunciation of their names. Please note that these names are from the Constance Garnett translation. You will have to make some adjustments for the Maude translation used in the Norton edition. Click on the player under each of the names on the right to hear how to pronounce it. Special thanks to Professor Larisa Genin of the School of Economics and Business Administration for providing the Russian pronunciations. Further down are names grouped by families.

A NOTE ON RUSSIAN NAMES The suffixes "ovich," "evich," "ich," and "ych" at the end of a Russian name mean "son of"; the suffixes "ovna," and "evna" mean "daughter of." Thus, Tolstoy's full name in Russian is Count Lev Nikolaievich Tolstoy. Nikolaievich is Tolstoy's patronymic. This indicates that Lev (or Leo) is the son of Nikolai (or Nikolay) Tolstoy. Frequently a character is referred to by his own first name, followed by his patronymic; sometimes by the patronymic alone. The Russians also add suffixes to first names to express endearment - as when they refer to Natasha as Natashenka. As for the surnames, most surnames change depending on the gender of the person. The last names in the list below are all in the male form, a choice of the translator, Constance Garnett. In fact, the feminine form is the same plus an "a" at the end for most surnames ending in "v" and "n". Surnames ending in "y" change to the feminine form by replacing the ending with "-aya". The Maude translation follows this rule, such that, e.g., Prince Adnrew's sister is called Princess Mary Bolkonskaya.

The Characters in War and Peace

Arranged in Order of Their Appearance with Pronunciations

Introduced at Anna Scherer's soiree (St. Petersburg)
Chapters I-IV
Anna Pavlovna Scherer, Maid of Honor to the Dowager Empress Marya Fëdorovna

Anna Pavlovna Scherer

Prince Vassily Kuragin, an elderly nobleman

Vassily Kuragin

Princess Ellen Kuragin, his daughter, "the beautiful Ellen"

Ellen Kuragin

Princess Elisabeth (Lise) Bolkonsky, Prince Andrey's wife, "the most fascinating woman in Petersburg"

Elisabeth (Lise) Bolkonsky

Prince Ippolit Kuragin, Prince Vassily's weak-minded elder son

Ippolit Kuragin

Pierre Bezuhov, Count Kirill Bezuhov's son, who, when legitimized after his father's death, becomes the fantasticallv wealthy Count Bezuhov

Pierre Bezuhov

Prince Andrey Bolkonsky, Prince Nikolay Bolkonsky's son, one of the major characters in the novel. He is scion of a wealthy landowning family noted for its military achievements

Andrey Bolkonsky

Princess Anna Mihalovna Drubetskoy, an elderly lady of a good but impoverished family
Introduced at the party at Anatole's house (St. Petersburg)

Anna Mihalovna Drubetskoy

Chapter VI
Prince Anatole Kuragin, Prince Vassily's profligate younger son

Anatole Kuragin

Dolohov, an officer of the Semënov Regiment who lives with Anatole
Introduced at the party at the Rostov's name-day party (Moscow)


Chapters VII-XI
Countess Nataly Rostov, Count Ilya Rostov's wife

Nataly Rostov

Count Ilya Andreitch Rostov, a wealthy nobleman of the upper aristocracy with large estates in city and country

Ilya Andreitch Rostov

Julie Karagin, an heiress

Julie Karagin

Countess Nataly (Natasha) Rostov, the Rostovs' younger daughter, the major female character

Nataly (Natasha) Rostov

Prince Boris Drubetskoy, Anna Mihalovna's son

Boris Drubetskoy

Count Nikolay Rostov, the Rostovs' elder son, one ofthe central characters

Nikolay Rostov

Sonya, a poor niece of the Rostovs
Count Peter (Petya) Rostov, the Rostovs' younger son

Peter (Petya) Rostov

Countess Vera Rostov, the Rostovs' elder daughter
Introduced in the house where Count Bezuhov lies dying (Moscow)

Vera Rostov

Chapter XII
Princess Catiche (Catherine Semënovna), Pierre's cousin
Introduced at the Rostovs' dinner party (Moscow)

Catiche (Catherine Semënovna)

Chapters XIV-XVII
Dmitri Vasilevich, Count Ilya Rostov's estate manager

Dmitri Vasilevich

Peter Nikolaevich Shinshin, Countess Rostov's cousin

Peter Nikolaevich Shinshin

Alphonse Karlovich Berg, an officer of the Guards, engaged to Vera Rostov

Alphonse Karlovich Berg

Marya Dmitrievna Akhrosimova, "le terrible dragon"
Introduced in Chapter XVIII

Marya Dmitrievna Akhrosimova

Count Kirill Bezuhov, Pierre's father
Introduced at Bolkonsky's Bleak Hills estate
Chapters XXII-XXV
Prince Nikolay Andreivitch Bolkonsky, a retired general of the higher aristocracy, Prince Andrey's father

Nikolay Andreivitch Bolkonsky

Princess Marya Bolkonsky, his daughter

Marya Bolkonsky

Mlle Bourienne, her French companion
Tikhon, Prince Nikolay' attendant


Introduced at the review near Braunau
Chapter I-II
Mihail Ilarionovich Kutuzov, elderly commander in chief of the Russian army, called back to active duty to meet the threat of Napoleon's invasion

Mihail Ilarionovich Kutuzov

Prince Nesvitsky, a staff officer


Captain Timohin, an army officer


Zherkhov, an hussar cornet
Introduced at Kutuzov's headquarters, near Braunau


Chapter III
Kozlovsky, Kutuzov's aide-de-camp


Baron Mack von Leiberich, an Austrian general
Introduced in Nikolay Rostov's regiment in Salzeneck
Chapters IV-V
Vassily (Vaska) Dmitrich Denisov, an officer friend of Nikolay Rostov

Vassily (Vaska) Dmitrich Denisov

Lavrushka, Denisov's orderly, later Nikolay Rostov's


Lieutenant Telyanin, a thieving army officer
Introduced in Chapter X


Bilibin, in the diplomatic service
Introduced in Chapter XII


Francis II, Holy Rornan Emperor, later Emperor of Austria
Introduced in Chapter XIII
Peter Ivanovich Bagration, commander of the Russian army
Introduced in Chapter XV

Peter Ivanovich Bagration

Captain Tushin, an army officer



Introduced at Bleak Hills
Chapter III
Yakov Alpatitch, Prince Nikolay Bolkonsky's estate manager
Introduced at the army review at Olmütz

Yakov Alpatitch

Chapter VIII
Alexander I, Tsar of Russia
Introduced at Olmütz
Chapter IX
Prince Yuri Dolgorukov, an adjutant general
Introduced at battle of Austerlitz

Yuri Dolgorukov

Chapter XIV
Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French

Introduced at the English Club dinner (Moscow)
Chapter III
Count F. V. Rostoptchin, governor general of Moscow


Alexander Dmitrievich Bekleshov, an adjutant general
Introduced in Chapter IX

Alexander Dmitrievich Bekleshov

Prince Nikolay (Koko) Andreivitch Bolkonsky, Prince Andrey's son

Introduced in Chapter I
Osip Alexyevitch Bazdyev, a leading Freemason

Osip Alexyevitch Bazdyev

Introduced at Count Kotchubey's (St. Petersburg)
Chapter IV
Alexey Andreivich Araktcheev, Minister of War

Alexey Andreivich Araktcheev

Mihail Mihailovich Speransky, Secretary of State

Mihail Mihailovich Speransky

Introduced at the hunt on the Rostovs' country estate at Otradnoe
Chapters III-VII
Danilo, the Rostovs' head huntsman


Mihail Nikanoritch, "Uncle," a distant relative ofthe Rostovs'

Mihail Nikanoritch

Nastasya Ivanovna, the Rostovs' buffoon

Nastasya Ivanovna

Ilagin, the Rostovs' neighbor
Introduced in Chapter XI


Pelagea Danilovna Melyukov, the Rostovs', neighbor

Pelagea Danilovna Melyukov

Introduced in Nikolay Rostov's regiment
Chapters XII-XIII
Ilyin, Nikolay Rostov's protégé


Marya Hendrihovna, wife of the regimental doctor

Marya Hendrihovna

Introduced in Chapter IV
Ferapontov, an innkeeper at Smolensk
Introduced at Bogutcharovo, between Bleak Hills and Moscow


Chapters IX-XIV
Dron, the village elder of Bogutcharovo
Karp, a villager of Bogutcharovo

Introduced at Bazdyev's house (Moscow)
Makar Alexyevitch Bazdyev, Osip Bazdyev's half-insane brother

Makar Alexyevitch Bazdyev

Captain Ramballe, a French officer
Morel, Ramballe's orderly

Introduced in the prison with Pierre (Moscow)
Chapter XII
Platon Karataev, a captured Russian peasant soldier

Platon Karataev

Introduced with Denisov's guerrillas near Mikulino, on the road to Smolensk
Chapters III-IV
Esaul Mihail Feoklititch, a Cossack guerrilla

Mihail Feoklititch

Tihon Shtcherbatov, a peasant guerrilla

Tihon Shtcherbatov

Introduced at Bolkonsky's, now Marya Rostov's, Bleak Hills estate
Chapters VII-IX
Count Andrey Rostov, Nikolay Rostov's son

Andrey Rostov

Countess Natasha Rostov, Nikolay Rostov's daughter


The Bezuhovs
Count Kirill Bezuhov, a wealthy nobleman of Catherine the Great's time
Pierre, his son, who, legitimized after his father's death, becomes Count Bezuhov - the central character of the novel.
Princess Catiche, Pierre's cousin
The Rostovs
Count Ilya Rostov, a wealthy nobleman
Countess Nataly Rostov, his wife
Count Nikolay Rostov, their elder son, who goes into the army as a cadet
Count Peter (Pétya) Rostov, their younger son
Countess Vera Rostov, their elder daughter
Countess Nataly (Natasha) Rostov, their younger daughter, the central female character
Sonya. a poor niece of the Rostovs
Lieutenant Alphonse Karlovich Berg, an officer who marries Vera
The Bolkonskys
Prince Nikolay Andreivitch Bolkonsky, a retired general
Prince Andrey Bolkonsky, his son, a member of Kutuzov's staff
Princess Marya Bolkonsky, his dauahter
Princess Elisabeth (Lise) Bolkonsky, Prince Andrey's wife
Prince Nikolay (Koko) Andreivitch Bolkonsky, Prince Andrey's son
The Kuragins
Prince Vassily Kuragin, an elderly nobleman
Prince Ippolit Kuragin, his weak-minded elder son
Prince Anatole Kuragin, his profligate younger son
Princess Ellen Kuragin, his daughter
The Drubetskoys
Princess Anna Mihalovna Drubetskoy, an impoverished noblewoman
Prince Boris (Bory) Drubetskoy, her son, who enters the army
Julie Karagin, an heiress, who later marries Bory