Feline linguist Sam Austen's dazzling, 760-page translation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace is making the rounds in the art world this morning, courtesy of Pulitzer Prize-winning author and perennial high-culture influencer Jerry Saltz, who shared Austen's viral video of the sturdy, 3.5-pound tome to his Instagram page via friend and multidisciplinary artist Tracey Emin.
"PURE TALENT" announced Emin, referring to Austen's work.
War and Peace (For Your Cat) is now available through Barnes & Noble's website.
From the publisher:
Tolstoy's masterpiece as you've never seen it before. Over 400,000 iterations of the word "meow," spread across 750 epoch-defining pages.
The crown jewel of the Russian literary canon, War and Peace has long enriched the lives and imaginations of readers across the globe. The Meow Library is proud to offer this daring translation for your cat, so it too can experience the magnificence of this timeless epic.
Through the ingenious device of repeating the word “meow” over 400,000 times across 750 pages, we’ve rendered Tolstoy’s prose with unwavering fidelity to feline vocalization patterns, immortalizing the Russian master’s unparalleled wit, insight, and attention to detail in the most universal of all languages.