Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Hailed by many as the best novel in the world, Anna Karenin offers a broad overview of contemporary life in Russia and of humanity in general. In it, Tolstoy uses his intense imaginative vision to create some of the most memorable characters in literature. Anna is a sophisticated woman, who abandons her empty existence as Karenin’s wife and turns to Count Vronsky to fulfill her passionate nature, with tragic consequences. Levin is a reflection of Tolstoy himself, who often expresses the author’s own opinions and convictions. At all times, Tolstoy does not point out any moral, he simply invites us not to judge but to look. As Rosemary Edmonds comments, “He leaves the changing patterns of the kaleidoscope to bring home the meaning of the melancholy words that follow the title,” Revenge is mine, and I will pay.

Anna Karenina Summary

Anna Karenina is a magnificent drama of revenge, infidelity, and retribution, Anna Karenina portrays the moving story of people whose emotions conflict with the dominant social customs of her time. The sensual and rebellious Anna falls deeply and passionately in love with the beautiful Count Vronsky. When she refuses to carry out the discreet adventure that her cold and ambitious husband (and Russian high society) would tolerate, she is doomed. In contrast to the tragic love of Anna and Vronsky, the plight of the melancholic nobleman Konstantine Levin develops. In doubt about the meaning of life, tormented by thoughts of suicide, Levin’s struggles echo Tolstoy’s spiritual crisis. But Anna’s internal turmoil reflects her own emotional prison and mental disintegration of a woman who dares to transgress the restrictions of a patriarchal world … In Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy perfectly perfected the novel of social realism and created a masterpiece that discovered the Russians, soul.

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Book Information:

  • Name: Anna Karenina
  • Writer: Leo Tolstoy
  • Categories: English Literature, Novel
  • Language: English
  • Book Format: PDF
  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (May 2004)
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Updated: January 21, 2020 — 3:09 pm