Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics)

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9780140448177: Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics)

'All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.' Acclaimed by many as the world's greatest novel, Anna Kerenina provides a vast panorama of contemporary life in Russia and of humanity in general. Anna is a sophisticated woman who abandons her empty existence as a wife and turns to her lover Count Vronsky to fulfil her passionate nature -with tragic consequences.

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Some people say Anna Karenina is the single greatest novel ever written, which makes about as much sense to me as trying to determine the world's greatest color. But there is no doubt that Anna Karenina, generally considered Tolstoy's best book, is definitely one ripping great read. Anna, miserable in her loveless marriage, does the barely thinkable and succumbs to her desires for the dashing Vronsky. I don't want to give away the ending, but I will say that 19th-century Russia doesn't take well to that sort of thing.

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Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) published Anna Karenina in 1877. His other works include The Sebastopol Sketches (1855), War and Peace (1869) and A Confession (1879-82). He also involved himself in the running of peasant schools on his estates and the emancipation of the serfs. His works earned him numerous followers in Russia and abroad. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have translated Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita for Penguin.

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