Anna Karenina

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Anna Karenina

By Leo Tolstoy

Viking Adult, Hardcover, 9780670894789, 864pp.

Publication Date: January 29, 2001

This new translation of Tolstoy's masterpiece is the first to appear in forty years and truly a noteworthy literary event. While previous translations of Anna Karenina softened the robust, and sometimes shocking, quality of Tolstoy's voice, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have produced an accurate translation to allow his voice to be heard. Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this award-winning team's translation of Anna Karenina will immediately supersede all other English versions.

Regarded by many as the greatest novel ever written in any language, Anna Karenina relates the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer Count Vronsky. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, Anna's tragedy unfolds with relentless force as she rejects her passionless marriage to the aging official Karenin and must endure the hypocrisies of society. This authoritative edition of Anna Karenina includes an illuminating introduction and careful explanatory notes compiled by the translators.

About the Author

Count Leo Tolstoy was born on September 9, 1828, in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia. Orphaned at nine, he was brought up by an elderly aunt and educated by French tutors until he matriculated at Kazan University in 1844. In 1847, he gave up his studies and, after several aimless years, volunteered for military duty in the army, serving as a junior officer in the Crimean War before retiring in 1857. In 1862, Tolstoy married Sophie Behrs, a marriage that was to become, for him, bitterly unhappy. His diary, started in 1847, was used for self-study and self-criticism; it served as the source from which he drew much of the material that appeared not only in his great novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), but also in his shorter works. Seeking religious justification for his life, Tolstoy evolved a new Christianity based upon his own interpretation of the Gospels. Yasnaya Polyana became a mecca for his many converts At the age of eighty-two, while away from home, the writer suffered a break down in his health in Astapovo, Riazan, and he died there on November 20, 1910.