A Novel in Eight PartsBook - 2002
Described by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as "flawless," Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and thereby exposes herself to the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.
While previous versions have softened the robust and sometimes shocking qualities of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation true to his powerful voice. This authoritative edition, which received the PEN Translation Prize and was an Oprah Book Club(tm) selection, also includes an illuminating introduction and explanatory notes. Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina will be the definitive text for fans of the film and generations to come. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition also features French flaps and deckle-edged paper.
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The classic nineteenth-century Russian novel in which a young woman is destroyed when she attempts to live outside the moral law of her society.
Anna flouts social conventions in loving Count Vronsky in this great masterpiece of Russian literature.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and recommend a story of society and forbidden love that has been around a while. This classic is definitely worth delving into, being so superbly written and heart-wrenching.
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Spring is the time of plans and projects.
Anna “clearly understood that he was disgusted by her hand, and her gesture, and the sound her lips made.”
“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.
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