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By Leo Tolstoy

ISBN-10: 0670894788

ISBN-13: 9780670894789

Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair among the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the rushing officer, count number Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and needs to undergo the hypocrisies of society. Set opposed to an unlimited and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven significant characters create a dynamic imbalance, enjoying out the contrasts of urban and nation existence and all of the diversifications on love and relatives happiness. whereas earlier models have softened the strong, and occasionally surprising, caliber of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation precise to his strong voice. This award-winning team's authoritative variation additionally comprises an illuminating advent and explanatory notes. appealing, full of life, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina may be the definitive textual content for generations to return.

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More hidden is the connection between Anna and Levin, who meet only once. Under the moral problem of adultery, which was Tolstoy’s starting point, lies the ‘problem’ that obsessed Tolstoy most of all – death. Death and Anna enter the novel together; death is present at her first meeting with Vronsky; death is also present in their first embrace and in their mysteriously shared dream; death haunts their entire brief life together. But for Levin, too, death comes to darken the happiest moments of his life.

He thought, recalling his dream. ‘How did it go? Yes! Alabin was giving a dinner in Darmstadt – no, not in Darmstadt but something American. Yes, but this Darmstadt was in America. Yes, Alabin was giving a dinner on glass tables, yes – and the tables were singing Il mio tesoro,[1] only it wasn’t Il mio tesoro but something better, and there were some little carafes, which were also women,’ he recalled. Stepan Arkadyich’s eyes glittered merrily, and he fell to thinking with a smile. ‘Yes, it was nice, very nice.

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