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    Anna Karenina (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics) (Hardback) By (author) Leo Tolstoy, By (author) Louise Shanks Maude, By (author) Aylmer Maude

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    DescriptionA magnificent drama of vengeance, infidelity, and retribution, "Anna Karenina" portrays the moving story of people whose emotions conflict with the dominant social mores of their time. Sensual, rebellious Anna falls deeply and passionately in love with the handsome Count Vronsky. When she refuses to conduct the discreet affair that her cold, ambitious husband (and Russian high society) would condone, she is doomed. Set against the tragic love of Anna and Vronsky, the plight of the melancholy nobleman Konstantine Levin unfolds. In doubt about the meaning of life, haunted by thoughts of suicide, Levin's struggles echo Tolstoy's own spiritual crisis. But Anna's inner turmoil mirrors the own emotional imprisonment and mental disintegration of a woman who dares to transgress the strictures of a patriarchal world. In "Anna Karenina" Leo Tolstoy brought to perfection the novel of social realism and created a masterpiece that bared the Russian soul.


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    Title
    Anna Karenina
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Leo Tolstoy, By (author) Louise Shanks Maude, By (author) Aylmer Maude
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 963
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 51 mm
    Weight: 816 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780679410003
    ISBN 10: 0679410007
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: DSK
    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: FIC
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AGR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T General Subject: 500
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: CULT/EEUROP
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET180
    Ingram Theme: CULT/RUSSIA
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 891.733
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004240
    B&T Approval Code: A24363050
    DC22: 891.73/3
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PG3366.A6
    BISAC V2.8: FIC027050, FIC019000
    LC classification: PG3366 .A6 1992
    Thema V1.0: DS, FBC
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House USA Inc
    Publication date
    25 February 1994
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "In a novel as good and as spacious as Tolstoy's all things are possible. It must contain, as it does, the muddle and unpredictability of life, its refusal to supply endings or neat situations. And indeed this is where the greatness of the novel will be found to lie. Of all authors Tolstoy is the one whose art most contradicts his own views, and yet the one whose true personality is most revealed in his art. And what is Anna's 'true personality'? It remains to the end not an enigma, but a factor and a phenomenon that is infinitely variable, like life itself." -from the Introduction by John Bayley
    Back cover copy
    A famous legend surrounding the creation of Anna Karenina tells us that Tolstoy began writing a cautionary tale about adultery and ended up by falling in love with his magnificent heroine. It is rare to find a reader of the book who doesn't experience the same kind of emotional upheaval: Anna Karenina is filled with major and minor characters who exist in their own right and fully embody their mid-nineteenth-century Russian milieu, but it still belongs entirely to the woman whose name it bears, whose portrait is one of the truest ever made by a writer.