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ISBN13: 9780143035008
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"[W]hat makes this a classic that will always endure is the fully-realized characters. During and after a conversation we see how one person mentally interprets another's actions, and then later we see what the other person was actually thinking, and how they interpreted (and often misinterpreted) the first person's actions. While some characters may sometimes behave in scandalous ways or do the wrong things, there are no "bad" people here; just people, complex and contradictory. This is full-immersion literature, and I'm glad I made the plunge. Good literature offers a reflection of ourselves, and Anna Karenina is an ornate but limpid mirror that shows us in all our paradoxical intricacy." Doug Brown, Powells.com (Read the entire Powells.com review)

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Anna Karenina is the Abbey Road of literature. Critics may argue about its relative importance (is it the greatest novel of all time, or merely one of the top ten), but none (besides mean Mr. Mustard Seed, of course) dispute that, with respect to its elegant prose style, its seamless narrative architecture, and its deeply human characters, Tolstoy's masterpiece is a wonder. Fortunately for readers, it's also one of the most engrossing, and moving, reading experiences ever written. Take that, Ulysses.
Recommended by Martin, Powells.com

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Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.

While previous versions have softened the robust, and sometimes shocking, quality of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation true to his powerful voice. This award-winning team's authoritative edition also includes an illuminating introduction and explanatory notes. Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina will be the definitive text for generations to come.

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"The first English translation in 40 years, [this] Anna Karenina is the most scrupulous, illuminating and compelling version yet." Portland Oregonian

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"One of the greatest love stories in world literature." Vladimir Nabokov

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"Pevear and Volokhonsky...have produced the first new translation of Leo Tolstoy's classic Anna Karenina in 40 years. The result should make the book accessible to a new generation of readers....[S]ucceeds in bringing Tolstoy's masterpiece to life once again." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this is the new English-language translation of one of the world's literary masterpieces.

Synopsis:

The must-have Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of one of the greatest Russian novels ever written, soon to be a film adapted by Tom Stoppard and starring Kiera Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, and Emily Watson

Described by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as “flawless,” Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.

            While previous versions have softened the robust, and sometimes shocking, quality of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky  have produced a translation true to his powerful voice. This authoritative edition, which received the PEN Translation Prize and was an Oprah Book Club™ selection, also includes an illuminating introduction and explanatory notes. Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina will be the definitive text for fans of the film and generations to come.

About the Author

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) wrote two of Russia's greatest novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), as well as many short stories and essays.

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zayda.j, January 12, 2011 (view all comments by zayda.j)
This is the best translation I have ever read. It is so true to the Russian, it's amazing. Anna Karenina is the best novel ever written, get it!
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Celia, November 5, 2010 (view all comments by Celia)
This may be the best book I've ever read, and I've been hiding my face between the covers for forty years... The thing that amazes me most about this novel is that it seems to me completely modern, as if it could have been written last year, rather than so long ago. The problems, sorrows and joys that Tolstoy captures are as much with us now as they were in his time. I think Tolstoy must have been a heck of a guy.
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achmardi, August 20, 2006 (view all comments by achmardi)
I think most people are familiar with the story of Anna Karenina, but aren't familiar with the book itself. Tolstoy wrote this book in such great detail that you feel as though you know the characters in person--for example, reading about one of the characters may be like looking into the mirror, as it was for me. Two stories, loosely tied together, the lives of Levin and Kitty, and Anna and Vronsky, come together at the end to form a gorgeous work of fiction. Required reading for those who enjoy love stories or feel the urge to pick apart fascinating characters.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143035008
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Pevear, Richard
Translator:
Volokhonsky, Larissa
Author:
Bayley, John
Author:
Volokhonsky, Larissa
Author:
Pevear, Richard
Author:
Bickford-Smith, Coralie
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo Nikolayevich
Subject:
General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Adultery
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Editio
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
864
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Review A Day" by , "[W]hat makes this a classic that will always endure is the fully-realized characters. During and after a conversation we see how one person mentally interprets another's actions, and then later we see what the other person was actually thinking, and how they interpreted (and often misinterpreted) the first person's actions. While some characters may sometimes behave in scandalous ways or do the wrong things, there are no "bad" people here; just people, complex and contradictory. This is full-immersion literature, and I'm glad I made the plunge. Good literature offers a reflection of ourselves, and Anna Karenina is an ornate but limpid mirror that shows us in all our paradoxical intricacy." (Read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "The first English translation in 40 years, [this] Anna Karenina is the most scrupulous, illuminating and compelling version yet."
"Review" by , "One of the greatest love stories in world literature."
"Review" by , "Pevear and Volokhonsky...have produced the first new translation of Leo Tolstoy's classic Anna Karenina in 40 years. The result should make the book accessible to a new generation of readers....[S]ucceeds in bringing Tolstoy's masterpiece to life once again."
"Synopsis" by , Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this is the new English-language translation of one of the world's literary masterpieces.
"Synopsis" by ,
The must-have Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of one of the greatest Russian novels ever written, soon to be a film adapted by Tom Stoppard and starring Kiera Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, and Emily Watson

Described by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as “flawless,” Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.

            While previous versions have softened the robust, and sometimes shocking, quality of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky  have produced a translation true to his powerful voice. This authoritative edition, which received the PEN Translation Prize and was an Oprah Book Club™ selection, also includes an illuminating introduction and explanatory notes. Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina will be the definitive text for fans of the film and generations to come.

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