A Russian author of novels, short stories, plays, and philosophical essays, Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was born into an aristocratic family and is best known for the epic books War and Peace and Anna Karenina, regarded as two of the greatest works of Russian literature. After serving in the Crimean War, Tolstoy retired to his estate and devoted himself to writing, farming, and raising his large family. His novels and outspoken social polemics brought him world-wide fame.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - Full Version (Annotated)by Leo Tolstoy
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Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.
Meet the Author
- Date of Birth:
- September 9, 1828
- Date of Death:
- November 20, 1910
- Place of Birth:
- Tula Province, Russia
- Place of Death:
- Astapovo, Russia
- Privately educated by French and German tutors; attended the University of Kazan, 1844-47
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I loved this book. Good stuff! Really good quality too.
"She is rebuilding her clan. You will find her at "for the fallen".
I wouldn't buy this book if you think all that you're going to read about is the tragic love story between Anna and Count Vronsky. The title of the book is misleading because it is far more about Russia and the Russian people who lived during the times that the doomed romance is contrived to have begun and ended in. Tolstoy, in my humble opinion, is the wordiest author I've ever had the pleasure or forbearance to read but for those who love reading about Russian history as well as having a heartbreaking romance worked into the story, then I'd say go for it!