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Anna Karenina

2016 . Fiction, Classics . Leo Tolstoy

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About the book

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At its simplest, Anna Karenina is a love story. It is a portrait of a beautiful and intelligent woman whose passionate love for a handsome officer sweeps aside all other ties - to her marriage and to the network of relationships and moral values that bind the society around her. The love affair of Anna and Vronsky is played out alongside the developing romance of Kitty and Levin, and in the character of Levin, closely based on Tolstoy himself, the search for happiness takes on a deeper philosophical significance. One of the greatest novels ever written, Anna Karenina combines penetrating psychological insight with an encyclopedic depiction of Russian life in the 1870s. The novel takes us from high society St Petersburg to the threshing fields on Levin's estate, with unforgettable scenes at a Moscow ballroom, the skating rink, a race course, a railway station. It creates an intricate labyrinth of connections that is profoundly satisfying, and deeply moving. Rosamund Bartlett's translation conveys Tolstoy's precision of meaning and emotional accuracy in an English version that is highly readable and stylistically faithful. Like her acclaimed biography of Tolstoy, it is vivid, nuanced, and compelling.

Year:

2016

Language:

English

Publisher:

Oxford University Press

Pages:

896

ISBN:

0198748841 (ISBN13: 9780198748847)

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Reviews

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Kathryn Blickenstaff

4 months ago

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Another breakup binge read, this book was what I’d pick up when I was sad. I have never related to a character more.

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Oprahs Book Club image

1 year ago

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“Tolstoy weaves an extravagant web.” - Oprah

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Kathryn Fenton

3 weeks ago

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Long!

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Avin Gh

5 days ago

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3 weeks ago

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