By Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair among the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the speeding officer, count number Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and needs to suffer the hypocrisies of society. Set opposed to an enormous 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 state lifestyles and all of the diversifications on love and relatives happiness. whereas past types have softened the strong, and infrequently surprising, caliber of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation precise to his robust voice. This award-winning team's authoritative version additionally comprises an illuminating advent and explanatory notes. attractive, full of life, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina stands out as the definitive textual content for generations to return.
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Levin’s estate reproduces Tolstoy’s Yasnaya Polyana, and his marriage to Kitty duplicates Tolstoy’s marriage to Sophia Andreevna in the minutest details – his unusual way of proposing, his turning over of his diaries, his compunction about confessing before the ceremony, his visit to the Shcherbatskys on the day of the wedding, even the forgotten shirt. The death of Levin’s brother Nikolai is drawn from the death of Tolstoy’s own brother Nikolai, also from consumption. In fact, most of the major characters in the novel and many of the minor ones, including the servants, had their counterparts in Tolstoy’s life.
Mama’s up,’ the girl replied. Stepan Arkadyich sighed. ‘That means again she didn’t sleep all night,’ he thought. ’ The girl knew that there had been a quarrel between her father and mother, and that her mother could not be cheerful, and that her father ought to know it, and that he was shamming when he asked about it so lightly. And she blushed for him. He understood it at once and also blushed. ‘I don’t know,’ she said. ’ ‘Well, go then, my Tanchurochka. Ah, yes, wait,’ he said, still holding her back and stroking her tender little hand.
There is, in other words, no neutral ground in Tolstoy’s novel. His writing is ‘characterized by a sharp internal dialogism’, as Mikhail Bakhtin has noted, meaning that Tolstoy is conscious at every moment not only of what he is presenting but of his own attitude towards it, and of other possible attitudes both among his characters and in his readers’ minds. He is constantly engaged in an internal dispute with the world he is describing and with the reader for whom he is describing it. ’* The implicit conflict of attitudes gives Tolstoy’s writing its immediate grip on our attention.