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Anna Karenina - Penguin Clothbound Classics (Hardback)

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Hardback 864 Pages / Published: 28/11/2013
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Tolstoy's epic novel of love, destiny and self-destruction, in a gorgeous clothbound edition from Penguin Classics.

Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.

Their subsequent affair scandalizes society and family alike and soon brings jealously and bitterness in its wake. Contrasting with this tale of love and self-destruction is the vividly observed story of Levin, a man striving to find contentment and a meaning to his life - and also a self-portrait of Tolstoy himself.

This acclaimed modern translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky won the PEN/ Book of the Month Club Translation Prize in 2001. Their translation is accompanied in this edition by an introduction by Richard Pevear and a preface by John Bayley.

Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.

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Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was born at Yasnaya Polyana, in central Russia. After marrying Sofya Behrs in 1862, Tolstoy settled down, managing his estates and writing two of his best-known novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1878). In 1884 Tolstoy experienced a spiritual crisis, becoming an extreme moralist, rejecting the state, the church and private property. His last novel, Resurrection (1900), was written to raise money for the Doukhobor sect of Christian spiritualists.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141199610
Number of pages: 864
Weight: 992 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 53 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'The new and brilliantly witty translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky is a must.' - Lisa Appignanesi, Independent, Books of the Year 

'Pevear and Volokhonsky are at once scrupulous translators and vivid stylists of English, and their superb rendering allows us, as perhaps never before, to grasp the palpability of Tolstoy's "characters, acts, situations.' - James Wood, New Yorker

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“Astonishing...”

This novel grabs at the heartstrings of one's emotional state... It is truly beautiful, complicated at its depth, but those are the qualities that it possesses. Anna is the most inspirational and complex... More

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“Not Tolstoy's best...”

I had to read this book in stages because it was so difficult to get through. To be honest, i'm not entirely glad I persevered because for all the beautifully written touching moments (mainly involving Kitty and... More

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“Th best Book i have ever read”

I'll keep this short. If i was told i could only choose one book from all i have read, and forget the rest, i would choose this book. The characters are incredible, the plot lines brilliantly crafted and the... More

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