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Anna Karenina is the wife of a Petersburg government minister who abandons her empty existence for a passionate relationship with a young officer, Count Vronsky. The novel also offers Tolstoy's most complete self-portrait in Levin, and the moral and religious crisis he suffers.
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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.About the Author:
Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828 in the Tula province. He studied at the University of Kazan, then led a life of pleasure until 1851 when he joined an artillery regiment in the Caucasus. He established his reputation as a writer with The Sebastopol Sketches (1855-6). After a period in St Petersburg and abroad, he married, had thirteen children, managed his vast estates in the Volga Steppes and wrote War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877). A Confession (1879-82) marked a spiritual crisis in his life, and in 1901 he was excommuincated by the Russian Holy Synod. He died in 1910, in the course of a dramatic flight from home, at the railway station of Astapovo.
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Book Description Allen Lane: The Penguin Press, London, 2000. Original Black Cloth Hardback. Condition: Very Good Plus. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus. First Edition Thus. 2000. First Edition Thus (Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky). xxii, 838pp. "Anna Karenina is the wife of a Petersburg government minister who abandons her empty existence for a passionate relationship with a young officer, Count Vronsky. The novel also offers Tolstoy's most complete self-portrait in Levin, and the moral and religious crisis he suffers." Book and Jacket both in excellent condition with slight marking to back and top spine of jacket. Heavy book, may require extra postage for non-UK shipping. Size: 9.5" Tall. Seller Inventory # LitTolstoy16
Book Description Allen Lane / The Penguin Press, London, UK, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Thus. First printing in this edition. Clean black cloth boards with gilt titling to spine. Corners and spine ends all very good. Text pages and end papers are also all clean with no markings or inscriptions and remain tightly bound. Just a couple of small marks to closed edges. D/J is unclipped with no tears or loss just a little light edge rubbing. Postage will be at cost but an increase may need to be requested for international destinations. Despatched same or next working day in protective packaging. Seller Inventory # 009106
Book Description Allen Lane The Penguin Press, UK, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. FIne copy in like DJ, only fore edge dusting. Seller Inventory # 048320
Book Description 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 2000 Viking hardcover edition. First in this translation, first impression. Some reaading wear, corbners of some pages a little creased else good condition. Seller Inventory # AU-ICDQ-F6XJ
Book Description 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 2000 Viking hardcover edition. First in this translation, first impression. A very nice copy; light reading wear but no other marks or flaws. Very good condition in like dustjacket. Seller Inventory # 45-4H81-DQPU
Book Description Viking, 2000. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0713994606-2-4