By Leo Tolstoy
The must-have Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of 1 of the best Russian novels ever written
defined through William Faulkner because the top novel ever written and by way of Fyodor Dostoevsky as “flawless,” 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 thereby exposes herself to 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 lifestyles and the entire diversifications on love and kinfolk happiness.
whereas past types have softened the powerful and occasionally surprising characteristics of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation actual to his robust voice. This authoritative variation, which got the PEN Translation Prize and was once an Oprah publication membership™ choice, additionally contains an illuminating advent and explanatory notes. attractive, energetic, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina could be the definitive textual content for enthusiasts of the movie and generations to come. This Penguin Classics Deluxe variation additionally gains French flaps and deckle-edged paper.
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Me? Yes, I’m preoccupied. But, besides, I feel constrained by all this,’ he said. ‘You can’t imagine how wild all this is for a countryman like me – or take the nails of that gentleman I saw in your office …’ ‘Yes, I could see poor Grinevich’s nails interested you greatly,’ Stepan Arkadyich said, laughing. ‘I can’t help it,’ replied Levin. ‘Try getting inside me, look at it from a countryman’s point of view. In the country we try to keep our hands in a condition that makes them convenient to work with; for that we cut our nails and sometimes roll up our sleeves.
And for platonic love there can be no drama, because in such love everything is clear and pure, because …’ Just then Levin remembered his own sins and the inner struggle he had gone through. And he added unexpectedly: ‘However, it’s possible you’re right. ’ ‘So you see,’ said Stepan Arkadyich, ‘you’re a very wholesome man. That is your virtue and your defect. You have a wholesome character, and you want all of life to be made up of wholesome phenomena, but that doesn’t happen. So you despise the activity of public service because you want things always to correspond to their aim, and that doesn’t happen.
Levin said, fastening his eyes on his interlocutor. ’ ‘I think it’s possible. ’ ‘No, you really think it’s possible? No, tell me all you think! ’ Stepan Arkadyich said, smiling at his friend’s excitement. ‘It sometimes seems so to me. ’ ‘Well, in any case, for a girl there’s nothing terrible in it. ’ Levins are wild: In a letter to his aunt Alexandra A. Tolstoy (1817– I904), his elder by only ten years, Tolstoy spoke of the ‘Tolstoyan wildness’ characteristic of ‘all the Tolstoys’, meaning originality of behaviour and freedom from conventional rules.
Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics) by Leo Tolstoy