By Leo Tolstoy
"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 suffer 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, taking part in out the contrasts of urban and nation lifestyles and all of the diversifications on love and family members happiness. whereas past types have softened the strong, and infrequently surprising, caliber of Tolstoy's writing, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have produced a translation actual to his robust voice. This award-winning team's authoritative version additionally contains an illuminating creation and explanatory notes. attractive, full of life, and eminently readable, this "Anna Karenina" could be the definitive textual content for generations to return. "Pevear and Volokhonsky are right away scrupulous translators and brilliant stylists of English, and their tremendous rendering permits us, as probably by no means prior to, to know the palpability of Tolstoy's 'characters, acts, situations.'" (James wooden, "The New Yorker")
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She felt it was impossible to leave; but, deceiving herself, she still kept choosing things and pretending she was going to leave. Seeing her husband, she thrust her hands into a drawer of the chiffonier as if hunting for something, and turned to look at him only when he came up quite close to her. But her face, to which she had wanted to give a stern and resolute expression, showed bewilderment and suffering. ’ he said in a soft, timid voice. He drew his head down between his shoulders, wishing to look pitiful and submissive, but all the same he radiated freshness and health.
It is a poignant moment. Quite unexpectedly Tolstoy makes us feel that if anything could have saved Anna it would have been her own sense of the comedy and absurdity of life, and the simple wish to share a joke with her lover. Tolstoy understood the comedy as well as he understood the sadness of things, and his great novels are full of both. John Bayley Introduction We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry. – W. B. Yeats I ‘I am writing a novel,’ Tolstoy informed his friend the critic Nikolai Strakhov on 11 May 1873, referring to the book that was to become Anna Karenina.
He studied Oriental languages and law at the University of Kazan, then led a life of pleasure until 1851 when he joined an artillery regiment in the Caucasus. He took part in the Crimean War and after the defence of Sebastopol he wrote The Sebastopol Sketches (1855–6), which established his reputation. After a period in St Petersburg and abroad, where he studied educational methods for use in his school for peasant children in Yasnaya Polyana, he married Sofya Andreyevna Behrs in 1862. The next fifteen years was a period of great happiness; they had thirteen children, and Tolstoy managed his vast estates in the Volga Steppes, continued his educational projects, cared for his peasants and wrote War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877).
Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics) by Leo Tolstoy