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Anna Karenina (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)

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By Leo Tolstoy, Maude Aylmer (Translated by), Louise Maude
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A well respected translator of Russian fiction, Schwartz was determined to give us Anna Karenina as Tolstoy wrote it: In the simple, unadorned language he preferred. I found this translation immensely powerful - bringing me to tears at times.  It is also illuminating -revealing nuances in the characters I'd never before grasped. The cogent introduction by Gary Saul Morson,  which summarizes the novel's central themes, provides a great starting point for book club discussion. 

— Samantha


"One of the greatest love stories in world literature."  —Vladimir Nabokov
In a novel of unparalleled richness and complexity, set against the backdrop of Russian high society, Tolstoy charts the course of the doomed love affair between Anna, a beautiful married woman, and Count Vronsky, a wealthy army officer who pursues Anna after becoming infatuated with her at a ball. Although she initially resists his charms Anna eventually succumbs, falling passionately in love and setting in motion a chain of events that lead to her downfall. In this extraordinary novel, Tolstoy seamlessly weaves together the lives of dozens of characters, while evoking a love so strong that those who experience it are prepared to die for it.

About the Author

Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) published his first work in 1852, the autobiographical Childhood. He served in the army during the Crimean War and his Sevastopol Sketches (1855-6) are based on his experiences. His two most popular masterpieces are War and Peace (1864-69) and Anna Karenina (1875-8).

Praise For…

"I've read and re-read this novel and every time I find another layer in the story."  —Philippa Gregory, author, The Other Boleyn Girl

"Better translators . . . could not be invented."  —Tolstoy on Aylmer and Louise Maude

Product Details
ISBN: 9780099540663
ISBN-10: 0099540665
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Publication Date: July 9th, 2010
Pages: 992
Language: English
Series: Vintage Classics