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 suffer 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 nation lifestyles and the entire diversifications on love and family members happiness. whereas earlier types have softened the strong, and infrequently stunning, caliber of Tolstoy's writing, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have produced a translation real to his robust voice. This award-winning team's authoritative variation additionally contains an illuminating advent and explanatory notes. attractive, full of life, and eminently readable, this "Anna Karenina" would be the definitive textual content for generations to return. "Pevear and Volokhonsky are without delay scrupulous translators and bright stylists of English, and their terrific rendering permits us, as might be by no means earlier than, to understand the palpability of Tolstoy's 'characters, acts, situations.'" (James wooden, "The New Yorker")
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Is this drama now out of date? Would Anna today get a divorce, receive custody of her son, marry Vronsky and live happily ever after? Tolstoy did not think so; and the power of the novel, its truth to life and to human character, ultimately persuades the reader not to think so either. Tragedies like that of Anna Karenina do not depend on social change and enlightened social arrangements. Tolstoy’s grip on the story, and his own remarkable identification with Anna and her situation – he too was beginning to be a self-appointed exile from the Russian society he still loved, in the teeth of his own growing spiritual convictions – ensure that the drama of the novel touches everyone in it, and that includes ourselves as readers.
All was confusion in the Oblonskys’ house. The wife had found out that the husband was having an affair with their former French governess, and had announced to the husband that she could not live in the same house with him. This situation had continued for three days now, and was painfully felt by the couple themselves, as well as by all the members of the family and household. They felt that there was no sense in their living together and that people who meet accidentally at any inn have more connection with each other than they, the members of the family and household of the Oblonskys.
Darya Alexandrovna told me to inform you that she is leaving. Let him do as he – that is, you – pleases,’ he said, laughing with his eyes only, and, putting his hands in his pockets and cocking his head to one side, he looked fixedly at his master. Stepan Arkadyich said nothing. Then a kind and somewhat pathetic smile appeared on his handsome face. ‘Eh? ’ he said, shaking his head. ‘Never mind, sir, it’ll shape up,’ said Matvei. ’ ‘You think so? ’ Stepan Arkadyich asked, hearing the rustle of a woman’s dress outside the door.
Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics) by Leo Tolstoy