Anatole Kuragin

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Anatole Kuragin
War and Peace character
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Created by Leo Tolstoy
Portrayed by Vittorio Gassman
Vasily Lanovoy
Colin Baker
Callum Turner
Lucas Steele
Full name Anatole Vasilyevich Kuragin
Gender Male
Family Vasily Kuragin (father)
Hélène Kuragina (sister)
Nationality Russian

Anatole Vasilyevich Kuragin (Russian: Анатолий (Анатоль) Васильевич Курагин) is a fictional character in Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace,[1] its various cinematic adaptations, and an operatic adaptation as well.[2] Anatole is Hélène Kuragina's brother and a wild-living soldier. It is rumoured that he has had an incestuous affair with his sister, and he tries to elope with Natasha Rostova despite being secretly married. He loses his leg during the Napoleonic Wars.


While developing the novel, Tolstoy sketched a character named "Petr", "who passed through a complex evolution" and "was a precursor of both Pierre and Anatole Kuragin".[3] Anatoly Shostak served as the real life inspiration for the fictional Anatole Kuragin.[4]


Esther Polianowsky Salaman writes that what "is so interesting about Anatole Kuragin are the many characteristics Tolstoy gives us about him all at once: something he seldom does".[5]

Screen portrayals[edit]

Anatole is played in the 1956 American film by Vittorio Gassman;[6] in the 1966-67 Soviet film by Vasili Lanovoy;[7] In the 1972-73 BBC miniseries he is portrayed by Colin Baker.[8] In the 2007 version he is portrayed by German actor Ken Duken, and in 2016 by Callum Turner. He was also portrayed by Lucas Steele in the musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Marianne Sturman, War and Peace: notes (Cliffs Notes, 1967), p. 14.
  2. ^ The role is sung by a tenor. See Giorgio Bagnoli, Graham Fawcett, and Teatro alla Scala, The La Scala Encyclopedia of the Opera: A Complete Reference Guide (Simon and Schuster, 1993), p. 366.
  3. ^ Kathryn Beliveau Feuer, Robin Feuer Miller, and Donna Tussing Orwin, Tolstoy and the Genesis of "War and Peace" (Cornell University Press, 1996), p. 60.
  4. ^ Cynthia Asquith, Married to Tolstoy (Greenwood Press, 1969), p. 61.
  5. ^ Esther Polianowsky Salaman, The Great Confession: from Aksakov and De Quincey to Tolstoy and Proust: From Aksakov and De Quincey to Tolstoy and Proust (Allen Lane, 1973), p. 106.
  6. ^ Rachel Moseley, Growing Up with Audrey Hepburn: Text, Audience, Resonance (Manchester University Press, 2002), p. 233
  7. ^ Frank Northen Magill, Magill's Survey of Cinema, Foreign Language Films (Salem Press, 1985), p. 3327
  8. ^ "Before They Were Time Lords". BBC. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 

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