By Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair among the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the speeding officer, count number Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and needs to undergo the hypocrisies of society. Set opposed to an enormous 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 state existence and the entire adaptations on love and kinfolk happiness. whereas earlier models have softened the strong, and occasionally stunning, caliber of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation precise to his strong voice. This award-winning team's authoritative variation additionally contains an illuminating creation and explanatory notes. appealing, lively, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina may be the definitive textual content for generations to come back.
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He felt that his brother would not look at it as he would have wished him to. ’ asked Sergey Ivanovitch, who was greatly interested in these local boards and attached great importance to them. ’ ‘What! ’ commented Sergey Ivanovitch, frowning. Levin in self-defense began to describe what took place in the meetings in his district. ’ Sergey Ivanovitch interrupted him. ‘We Russians are always like that. Perhaps it’s our strong point, really, the faculty of seeing our own shortcomings; but we overdo it, we comfort ourselves with irony which we always have on the tip of our tongues.
Formerly they had wardships, courts of justice, now they have the district council—not in the form of bribes, but in the form of unearned salary,’ he said, as hotly as though someone of those present had opposed his opinion. ‘Aha! You’re in a new phase again, I see—a conservative,’ said Stepan Arkadyevitch. ’ ‘Yes, later. But I wanted to see you,’ said Levin, looking with hatred at Grinevitch’s hand. Stepan Arkadyevitch gave a scarcely perceptible smile. ’ he said, scanning his new suit, obviously cut by a French tailor.
Skate together! ’ thought Levin, gazing at her. ‘I’ll put them on directly,’ he said. And he went off to get skates. ‘It’s a long while since we’ve seen you here, sir,’ said the attendant, supporting his foot, and screwing on the heel of the skate. ‘Except you, there’s none of the gentlemen first-rate skaters. ’ said he, tightening the strap.