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Anna Karenina in Our Time: Seeing More Wisely (Russian Literature and Thought)

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< div> In this invigorating new assessment of < i> Anna Karenina< /i> , Gary Saul Morson overturns traditional interpretations of the classic novel and shows why readers have misunderstood Tolstoy& #8217; s characters and intentions. Morson argues that Tolstoy& #8217; s ideas are far more radical than has been thought: his masterpiece challenges deeply held conceptions of romantic love, the process of social reform, modernization, and the nature of good and evil. By investigating the ethical, philosophical, and social issues with which Tolstoy grappled, Morson finds in < i> Anna Karenina< /i> powerful connections with the concerns of today. He proposes that Tolstoy& #8217; s effort to see the world more wisely can deeply inform our own search for wisdom in the present day.< br> < br> & nbsp; < br> < br> The book offers brilliant analyses of Anna, Karenin, Dolly, Levin, and other characters, with a particularly subtle portrait of Anna& #8217; s extremism and self-deception. Morson probes Tolstoy& #8217; s important insights (evil is often the result of negligence; goodness derives from small, everyday deeds) and completes the volume with an irresistible, original list of One Hundred and Sixty-Three Tolstoyan Conclusions.< br> < br> < b> < /b> & nbsp; < br> < br> < /div>

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In this invigorating new assessment of Anna Karenina, Gary Saul Morson overturns traditional interpretations of the classic novel and shows why readers have misunderstood Tolstoys characters and intentions. Morson argues that Tolstoys ideas are far more radical than has been thought: his masterpiece challenges deeply held conceptions of romantic love, the process of social reform, modernization, and the nature of good and evil. By investigating the ethical, philosophical, and social issues with which Tolstoy grappled, Morson finds in Anna Karenina powerful connections with the concerns of today. He proposes that Tolstoys effort to see the world more wisely can deeply inform our own search for wisdom in the present day.

 

The book offers brilliant analyses of Anna, Karenin, Dolly, Levin, and other characters, with a particularly subtle portrait of Annas extremism and self-deception. Morson probes Tolstoys important insights (evil is often the result of negligence; goodness derives from small, everyday deeds) and completes the volume with an irresistible, original list of One Hundred and Sixty-Three Tolstoyan Conclusions.

 

About the Author

Gary Saul Morson is Frances Hooper Professor of Arts and Humanities and professor of Slavic languages, Northwestern University. Morson teaches Anna Karenina in a course enrolling 500 students—the largest Slavic Language class offered in America. Among his previous books is the award-winning Narrative and Freedom: The Shadows of Time, published by Yale University Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300100709
Author:
Morson, Gary
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Editor:
Morson, Gary
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Russian & Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Tolstoy, Leo
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Russian Literature and Thought Series
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
278
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.25 lb

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In this invigorating new assessment of Anna Karenina, Gary Saul Morson overturns traditional interpretations of the classic novel and shows why readers have misunderstood Tolstoys characters and intentions. Morson argues that Tolstoys ideas are far more radical than has been thought: his masterpiece challenges deeply held conceptions of romantic love, the process of social reform, modernization, and the nature of good and evil. By investigating the ethical, philosophical, and social issues with which Tolstoy grappled, Morson finds in Anna Karenina powerful connections with the concerns of today. He proposes that Tolstoys effort to see the world more wisely can deeply inform our own search for wisdom in the present day.

 

The book offers brilliant analyses of Anna, Karenin, Dolly, Levin, and other characters, with a particularly subtle portrait of Annas extremism and self-deception. Morson probes Tolstoys important insights (evil is often the result of negligence; goodness derives from small, everyday deeds) and completes the volume with an irresistible, original list of One Hundred and Sixty-Three Tolstoyan Conclusions.

 

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