By Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair among the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the rushing officer, count number Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and needs to undergo the hypocrisies of society. Set opposed to an unlimited and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven significant characters create a dynamic imbalance, enjoying out the contrasts of urban and kingdom lifestyles and all of the adaptations on love and relatives happiness. whereas past types have softened the powerful, and occasionally surprising, caliber of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation real to his robust voice. This award-winning team's authoritative version additionally contains an illuminating advent and explanatory notes. appealing, energetic, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina stands out as the definitive textual content for generations to come back.
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His writing is ‘characterized by a sharp internal dialogism’, as Mikhail Bakhtin has noted, meaning that Tolstoy is conscious at every moment not only of what he is presenting but of his own attitude towards it, and of other possible attitudes both among his characters and in his readers’ minds. He is constantly engaged in an internal dispute with the world he is describing and with the reader for whom he is describing it. ’* The implicit conflict of attitudes gives Tolstoy’s writing its immediate grip on our attention.
In 1862 he married Sofya Andreevna Behrs; they had thirteen children. Tolstoy wrote two great novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), as well as many short stories and essays. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have produced acclaimed translations of works by Mikhail Bulgakov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Anton Chekhov, and Leo Tolstoy. Their translation of Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize. Their translations of Tolstoy's What Is Art?
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